Report resurfaces that Lamar Jackson turned down $133 million fully guaranteed

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On the primary Sunday of the common season, ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen reported that Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson rejected a contract provide that would have paid him $133 million fully guaranteed at signing. Very lately, ESPN analyst Ryan Clark reported the identical factor.

Here’s what we mentioned in September, because it nonetheless applies: “The reporting has some gaps that make a full evaluation of the provide not possible. What would the first-year money movement have been? How a lot of the contract would have been guaranteed for damage? How a lot of the damage assure would have transformed to a full assure in March 2023, since there is not any manner they’d have reduce him after just one yr, given no matter they’d have been paying him in 2022?”

It’s not possible to fully consider a deal with out realizing the complete worth of it. Every fee, each assure, each vesting deadline, each incentive, each escalator, each de-escalator, each exercise bonus, each roster bonus, each possibility bonus, each per-game roster bonus, and each different gadget by which cash would movement from staff to play.

It’s additionally irrelevant at this level. Circumstances have modified. Jackson’s rookie contract is over. He completed the season with an damage that brought on him to overlook various video games, for the second straight yr.

Also, different long-term, big-money quarterback offers (equivalent to those given to Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray) have probably turn into cautionary tales.

Will the Ravens make the identical provide now? Will they provide extra? Will they provide much less?

Are they content material to let Lamar check the market below the non-exclusive franchise tag? Would they match another person’s provide? Would they be prepared to take a pair of first-round picks as a substitute? Would they commerce him for one thing lower than two ones?

These are the essential questions now. Hearing once more (and sure once more) that he was provided $133 million fully guaranteed at signing means nothing in isolation, and it means even much less given the passage of time.

So until Lamar or the NFL Players Association or the Ravens are prepared to reveal the complete contents of any provides that have been made, it is not possible for anybody to name a deal good or unhealthy, honest or unfair, passable or unsatisfactory. While that will not cease individuals from reporting incomplete information in regards to the negotiations, previous or current, those that see the data ought to keep in mind that there is not any technique to decide the complete deal with out realizing (spoiler alert) the complete deal.

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