Lamar Jackson broke his silence on his contract negotiations with the Ravens on Tuesday. As is usually the case relating to Baltimore’s quarterback, although, what he truly stated was cryptic.
The 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player appeared to dispute an ESPN report by NFL insider Adam Schefter that he turned down a $200 million assured deal from the Ravens in September, tweeting an animated gif in response.
Then Jackson, who’s representing himself in contract negotiations, added one other response: “133/3 years fully guaranteed but I need a agent?”
For good measure, he added, “People throw [poop emoji] at the wall and hope it stick.”
What’s not clear is whether or not the reported three-year, $133 million supply was its personal deal or half of a bigger supply from the Ravens. Later on Tuesday, Schefter responded to Jackson’s tweet, clarifying the parameters of the supposed deal.
That deal, which was reported in September, included $133 million assured at signing, in accordance with Schefter and ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen. It additionally included damage ensures that will convey it to $175 million — one thing that will be all however sure given a $70 million cap hit if the Ravens launched him. On prime of that was one other $25 million assured, in accordance with Schefter, if Jackson was on the roster on the fifth day of the 2026 league yr.
“The deal that was offered to him, and these are just the facts from the contract, no spin, no nothing, $175 [million], that was the real guarantee, with injury, that Lamar Jackson turned down,” Schefter stated Tuesday on ESPN.
It has been extensively speculated that Jackson, on whom the Ravens positioned the nonexclusive franchise tag final week, is alleged to be searching for a contract near the five-year, absolutely assured $230 million deal that the Cleveland Browns handed Deshaun Watson final yr.
Meanwhile, it stays to be seen whether or not Jackson will play on the roughly $32.4 million tag or signal a cope with one other franchise. He can start speaking to different groups when free company formally opens Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Should Jackson signal elsewhere, the Ravens would have 5 days to match the supply sheet. If they don’t, they might get two first-round draft picks from that staff in return.
Since putting the nonexclusive tag on Jackson final week, the Ravens have made strikes to get below the league’s $225 million wage cap, which they have to do by Wednesday, by reportedly agreeing to commerce security Chuck Clark to the New York Jets, restructuring offers for nostril sort out Michael Pierce, operating again Gus Edwards and proper guard Kevin Zeitler and releasing revered veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell.