Lamar Jackson has been open about the fact that he wants the Baltimore Ravens to sign Antonio Brown, and head coach John Harbaugh is not ruling it out.
Jackson said this week that he has been hoping the Ravens will sign Brown, and Harbaugh was asked about the reigning MVP’s comments on Thursday. Harbaugh indicated that the Ravens have interest but alluded to the fact that the NFL still has not announced disciplinary action against Brown.
Day after Lamar Jackson extolled Antonio Brown, #Ravens HC John Harbaugh says he respects his QB's opinion, that team "will look at any and every player" and that AB "is no exception." But then, referencing active NFL investigation, adds: "I don’t think he’s available right now"
Here’s the thing with the ranking: Jackson had the better regular season and was named MVP because of it. Mahomes got hurt and missed two games, and didn’t have the spectacular numbers like he did the year before. But he led his team to the Super Bowl and won his first championship, while Jackson had another disappointing playoff appearance.
Mahomes already has an MVP award and Super Bowl ring. Now he will probably strive for the top ranking on the NFL’s list in order to keep checking boxes off his impressive resume. Meanwhile, Jackson already showed us Mahomes has some things he wants to match.
One key issue is that Brown is still facing sexual assault allegations that could lead to NFL discipline. That investigation hasn’t wrapped up, and Brown recently criticized the NFL for its slowness in handling that.
Even Lamar Jackson was blown away by Patrick Mahomes’ contract.
Mahomes signed a massive 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs last week that could be worth as much as $503 million. That is the most amount ever for a professional athlete, and it definitely got Jackson’s attention.
“It’s a crazy number,” Jackson said of Mahomes’ contract during an interview on “SportsCenter” on Monday. “No one has ever dreamed about that. Probably dreamed about it, but no one ever expected that. Half a million dollars. That’s different. But he deserves it. He deserves it.”
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback knows there is one thing separating him from getting that kind of deal too.
“I got to win me a Super Bowl. I got to get what he has,” Jackson said.
Jackson had a monster regular season last year. The former No. 32 overall pick passed for a league-high 36 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns, helping his Ravens go 14-2. But for the second year in a row, Jackson struggled in the playoffs, and his team got eliminated in their first postseason game (Jackson thinks he knows why).
Much like Mahomes, Jackson has an MVP award on his resume. But he needs a Super Bowl ring in order to have a contract that comes close to matching Mahomes’.
Lamar Jackson has appeared in two playoff games in his young career and lost both of them. That’s not a record that sits well with him at all.
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback admitted that he’s bothered by his playoff failures, and needs to get into the win column as soon as possible.
“I need to win a playoff game before anything because I’m tired of that already,” Jackson said, via Todd Karpovich of RavenCountry. “Once I get tired of something, I have to make it happen. So, that’s my goal right now; focus on being a better player all around. Not just a [better] player, but teammate as well.”
Jackson has been doing a lot of reflecting on his playoff losses lately, particularly last season’s. It’s clear what his motivation is in 2020. He’s certainly not shying away from the expectations, for better or worse.
Lamar Jackson caused a bit of a stir when he said that the Baltimore Ravens had taken the Tennessee Titans too lightly before the playoff loss in January, and it’s an assertion his coach doesn’t quite agree with.
John Harbaugh was asked about Jackson’s comments on Monday, and he said that while Jackson has a right to his opinion, Harbaugh doesn’t think a lack of preparedness cost the Ravens.
John Harbaugh has no issue w Lamar Jackson saying #Ravens may have been “peeking ahead” in upset playoff loss vs Titans: “I respect his opinion on it.” But Harbaugh also disagrees: “I don’t think we took them lightly personally. We just didn’t play well.”https://t.co/jMoo89vkEb
Harbaugh can’t have been too thrilled to hear his quarterback say the team wasn’t mentally ready for a playoff game, whether Jackson meant it that way or not. It sounds like an indictment of both the coaching staff and the players to put it that way.
“That’s what happened in the playoffs, and we end up losing to the team people had us favored over,” Jackson said, via Nick Shook of NFL.com. “It’s any given Sunday. You can’t underestimate no team, no opponent and that’s what we did.
“So I’m looking forward to this 2020 season playing the Browns first. … Don’t underestimate your opponents. They caught us by surprise. That’s all it was.”
The Ravens were 14-2 and 7-1 at home before losing by two scores to a 9-7 Titans team. It was one of the more shocking playoff upsets in recent NFL memory, and Jackson makes it sound like it was entirely avoidable if his team had simply had a better mentality.