Is Lamar Jackson just greedy?
I don't understand what his problem is.
Baltimore Ravens Use Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag on Lamar Jackson
Ravens Offer Lamar Jackson 'Far More than $40 Million'; 'They Are Trying'
The Ravens and Lamar Jackson are still way apart on agreeing to a new deal, but according to NFL Network, it's not through a lack of trying from Baltimore.
The Baltimore Ravens and the long-standing Lamar Jackson contract decision is still dominating the media headlines.
After placing the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson, the Ravens have copped some serious heat over not reaching an agreement with their star quarterback when Daniel Jones of the New York Giants got his new deal.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the static nature of Jackson's potential long-term deal isn't through a lack of trying.
"They are trying, they have tried a variety of different ways," Rapoport said on NFL Network. "They've tried deals heavy in guarantees. They have tried all sorts of ways to get Lamar Jackson to respond and to take some sort of deal that would make him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL."
So, lots of different ways.
Just not the way Lamar wants it. While it is hard to envision a future where Jackson isn't a Raven, the consensus is that is precisely where we are heading in the near future.
It seems inconceivable that Jackson could play for another team, but after what many call a "slap in the face" to the quarterback due to the tag, it feels like the bridge between player and franchise has been burned.
The non-exclusive franchise tag nets Jackson "just" $32 million for the season, but Rapoport says that had Lamar taken what Baltimore initially offered, the quarterback would be earning far more than that.
"Believe me, if Lamar Jackson would take the deal that the Ravens have offered, he would make far more than $40 million, but that's not where they are," Rapoport said.