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Here is why Lamar Jackson’s contract negotiation with Ravens is unique

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Lamar Jackson is eligible for a contract extension for the first time in his NFL career this offseason. The Baltimore Ravens have made it clear that they want to keep him, but there is one fairly unusual element to the negotiations — Jackson represents himself.

Jackson has not had an agent since he entered the NFL Draft in 2018. He is now poised to become one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in football, and Ari Meirov of NFL Update reminded us on Tuesday that Jackson is not planning to hire an agent while negotiating his mega-deal.

This isn’t the first time an NFL player has represented himself. Richard Sherman also does not use an agent, and the star cornerback bragged about that after the deal he signed with the San Francisco 49ers a few years ago wound up working out for him. The stakes were not nearly as high in that situation, however.

Jackson will undoubtedly point to the recent deals that Dak Prescott, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson signed with their teams. He probably knows that Mahomes’ $500 million deal and $45 million salary is unrealistic, but there’s no reason he shouldn’t aim to be paid as much as Prescott. Prescott signed a four-year, $160 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason. Jackson is a former NFL MVP. Prescott is not.

Jackson has given Ravens fans a reason to feel optimistic about his extension, and there is no urgency at the moment. He still has one more season and the fifth-year team option on his rookie contract. It’s possible that not having an agent involved could make the negotiations run more smoothly, but time will tell.

Lamar Jackson offers encouragement to Ravens with quote about contract

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Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens appear to be firmly on the same page with long-term contract discussions looming.

Jackson made clear Wednesday that his intention is to remain with the Ravens for his whole career, and he wants to get a deal done “pretty soon.”

“I would love to be here forever,” Jackson said. “I love Baltimore. I love the whole organization. I love everybody in the building. But hopefully we’ll be making something happen pretty soon.”

There’s no real surprise here. The Ravens have built their offense around Jackson, and the organization sounds as devoted to keeping him as he is to them. That’s no surprise — he’s 24 and has an MVP award to his name. While he has yet to completely break through in the playoffs, there’s certainly a level of confidence that it’s only a matter of time.

Ravens sign undrafted receiver with key Lamar Jackson connection

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The Baltimore Ravens are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to find receivers for Lamar Jackson to throw to.

The Ravens announced nine undrafted rookie signings on Thursday, and one of those players is Donte Sylencieux, a wide receiver out of Graceland University. Sylencieux is notable because he was Jackson’s favorite target when they played together at Boynton Beach Community High School, where Sylencieux caught 10 touchdown passes from Jackson.

Sylencieux is clearly a longshot to make the Ravens’ roster. However, he’ll have a pre-existing connection with Jackson and could maybe show something during camp. Jackson will probably be happy to have him around, too.

The Ravens have been busy all offseason adding receivers to try to give Jackson more options in the passing game. Clearly, they’re serious about it, as they’ve gone back to Jackson’s high school games to take a flier here.

Ravens GM says they will work ‘tirelessly’ on Lamar Jackson extension

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Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta says the team is going to get a Lamar Jackson contract extension done eventually.

DeCosta answered questions from reporters on Saturday following the team’s draft. He was asked about contract extension plans for Jackson. DeCosta said that getting an extension done is on the team’s agenda.

“Lamar is a guy that is going to be here. We love him. He’s really the face of this team right now in many different ways. He’s a leader, a good player, our QB. We will work tirelessly to get a deal done,” DeCosta said.

DeCosta had a lot to prepare for with the draft. Now that the draft is out of the way, he and the team can think more about long-term extensions.

Jackson was a first-round pick by the Ravens in 2018 and signed a 4-year, $9.4 million deal. The Ravens have already exercised his $23 million fifth-year contract option for 2022.

A report in late February said the two sides were far apart in negotiations.

Dez Bryant sends interesting tweet about Lamar Jackson’s struggles

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Lamar Jackson had a down season in 2020 following his MVP campaign the year before, and there are a number of reasons for that. According to Dez Bryant, the primary ones are not the quarterback’s fault.

Bryant, who signed with the Ravens midway through last season, sent an interesting tweet on Saturday about the way Jackson struggled in 2020. The wide receiver said criticism of Jackson bothers him after Dez saw first-hand what Jackson had to “deal with.”

“All of this Lamar hate is starting to get on my nerves … just know I got to see first hand what he have to deal with … him being able to play QB is far from the issue,” Bryant wrote.

Bryant didn’t go into detail, but some fans speculated that he may have been referring to Baltimore’s offensive scheme. If you remember, Jackson made some comments midway through the season that indicated he felt the Ravens’ offense had become too predictable. You can see what he said here.

Jackson and Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman looked like a match made in heaven in 2019, but defenses seemed to figure them out last season. That could be complicating contract talks between Jackson and the team.

Even in a “down” year, Jackson still threw 26 touchdown passes compared to just nine interceptions. He also rushed for over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns. Most people agree that Baltimore needs a play-making receiver, but head coach John Harbaugh says he won’t go overboard in trying to recruit one.

Ravens GM shares update on Lamar Jackson contract talks

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Lamar Jackson is eligible to sign a contract extension now that he has finished his third NFL season, and the Baltimore Ravens are exploring that possibility with their star quarterback. As of now, it does not sound all that likely that a new deal will be completed this offseason.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta told reporters on Tuesday that Jackson and the team are in the very early stages of negotiations. He admitted the two sides could take a while to find middle ground.

A recent report claimed Jackson and the Ravens have begun contract talks but are nowhere close to an agreement. DeCosta’s remarks seem to confirm that.

Jackson is due to make a base salary of just $1.7 million next season and also still has the fifth-year option remaining on his deal for 2022.

Jackson took a bit of a step back last season after being named NFL MVP the year before. He finished with 2,757 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions. He added over 1,000 rushing yards and had seven scores on the ground.

Despite the down season, Jackson’s representatives are surely eyeing the massive QB contract that was handed out on Monday. The Ravens might prefer to wait another season and see how Jackson bounces back from a tough year.

Here is where Lamar Jackson, Ravens stand in early contract talks

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Lamar Jackson has two years remaining on his rookie contract, and it goes without saying that the former MVP is one of the most underpaid players in football. The Baltimore Ravens are working on changing that, but the two sides apparently have a long way to go.

Jackson and the Ravens are in the early stages of discussing a contract extension, but Ben Volin of the Boston Globe was told by two sources that they are “far apart” in negotiations. Jackson is due to make a base salary of just $1.7 million next season and also still has the fifth-year option remaining on his deal for 2022.

While it’s unlikely Jackson will get anything close to the 10-year, $503 million extension Patrick Mahomes signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, that will probably be the starting point for his representatives. A more realistic deal would be something close to the four-year, $160 million extension Deshaun Watson got from the Houston Texans.

Jackson took a bit of a step back last season after being named NFL MVP the year before. He finished with 2,757 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions. He added over 1,000 rushing yards and had seven scores on the ground.

While the production was nothing to scoff at, Ravens fans were left disappointed. One Baltimore player believes Jackson will be more motivated than ever after the way last season ended. If that translates into a big year in 2021, he’d be in a stronger position to negotiate his extension.

Here’s how much Bills Mafia has raised for Lamar Jackson’s favorite charity

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Buffalo Bills fans decided to start donating to Lamar Jackson’s favorite charity after the Baltimore Ravens star left last week’s playoff game with an injury, and they have not stopped.

Following their team’s 17-3 win over the Ravens, Bills fans — better known as Bills Mafia — launched a campaign on social media to flood Jackson’s favorite charity with donations. The charity, Blessings in a Backpack, provides free food for children to eat on the weekends. As of Wednesday, nearly $450,000 had been donated on Jackson’s behalf.

Jackson issued a statement through Blessings in a Backpack thanking Bills Mafia.

Bills fans may be best known for their wild tailgate antics, but this is not the first time they have turned their unrivaled passion into a fundraising effort. They did the same earlier this year to honor Josh Allen’s late grandmother, and the quarterback was at a loss for words. They also donated to Andy Dalton’s charity after Dalton helped Buffalo get into the postseason a few years ago.

Bills Mafia is clearly about more than just jumping through flaming tables, and Jackson is grateful for that.

Bills Mafia donates to Lamar Jackson’s charity following QB’s injury

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Lamar Jackson could not have had much worse of a night when the Baltimore Ravens lost to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, but Bills fans are doing what they can to help the reigning NFL MVP after their team got the best of him.

Jackson left Sunday’s 17-3 loss late in the third quarter after taking a hard hit in the end zone (video here). Following the game, a bunch of Bills fans banded together on social media and encouraged people to donate to Jackson’s favorite charity.

Jackson also threw a brutal interception in the red zone before he left the game, so he was probably in a tough spot both physically and mentally after the loss. The donations from Bills fans must have cheered him up a little.

Bills fans may be best known for their wild tailgate antics, but this is not the first time they have turned their unrivaled passion into a fundraising effort. They did the same earlier this year to honor Josh Allen’s late grandmother, and the quarterback was at a loss for words. Bills Mafia makes the Bills a lot easier to root for.

Teammate says playoff loss will be ‘wakeup call’ for Lamar Jackson

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For the third year in a row, Lamar Jackson’s season ended in disappointment. Jackson was fortunate enough last weekend to win his first playoff game, but it probably doesn’t feel like much after the way the team went out on Saturday.

Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens lost 17-3 to the Buffalo Bills. Not only were they held to just three points in the windy conditions, but then Jackson suffered a concussion late in the third quarter.

Jackson was feeling well enough after the game where players felt they could talk about the quarterback. Teammate Willie Snead IV thinks the loss will motivate Jackson and serve as a “wakeup call.”

That’s the exact tune we heard after the Ravens went 14-2 in the regular season last season before getting knocked out in the playoffs by the Titans. Jackson spent the offseason working on his game to turn his fortunes. Maybe next season they’ll end up in the conference championship if Jackson progresses round-by-round.