Mike Preston: Lamar Jackson is worthy of new contract, however Ravens shouldn’t mortgage away future
BALTIMORE– Ravens general supervisor Eric DeCosta stated Monday that he might be in contact soon with quarterback Lamar Jackson about a brand-new contract, but he should continue with care since paying too much Jackson could set the franchise back years.
Jackson, 24, has one season staying on his original four-year novice deal that deserved nearly $9.5 million, and he is expected to make about $1.8 million in base pay in 2021. The Ravens would like Jackson to accept a brand-new agreement prior to completion of next season, but they shouldn’t put him in the very same class as the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, consisting of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes ($45 million yearly), Houston’s Deshaun Watson ($39 million), Seattle’s Russell Wilson ($35 million), Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger ($34 million) or Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ($33.5 million).
They can’t manage to “spend a lot” on Jackson since there are still concerns about whether he can carry this group deep into the playoffs and win a Super Bowl title. Of the leading five highest-paid players in the NFL last season, based on average annual value, only one– Watson– does not wear a championship ring.
Watson signed a four-year, $156 million contract in September and the Texans finished 4-12. He reportedly wants out of Houston, however couple of groups are going to have the ability to handle that salary. Jackson’s relationship with the Ravens isn’t as separated. The Ravens like his charisma, work principles and big-play ability and he is among the most liked players in the locker space.
On a group that does not have authentic superstars, Jackson, the 2019 NFL Many Valuable Player, is the only player with instantaneous name acknowledgment.
However here’s the bottom line: Jackson is 1-3 in the postseason, having completed 56% of his passes for approximately 6.6 lawns per attempt. He has 3 touchdown passes and 5 interceptions in those video games. He has actually hurried for 367 backyards (6.8 per bring) and been sacked 19 times. He has actually fumbled five times.
Granted, the Ravens require to give him a good, new contract. His win-loss record after 2 1/2 years as a starter is an exceptional 30-7. If he and the Ravens continue to grow, they can constantly wreck his offer and renegotiate another one, as the group frequently made with previous Hall of Fame middle linebacker Ray Lewis.
But today is not the perfect time. There is too much at threat. All of the highest-paid quarterbacks can win games with their arms, but Jackson hasn’t shown that yet. Plus, he’s is still more of a runner more than a thrower, that makes him a greater injury risk.
There have actually been numerous cases in which groups have overpaid their quarterback and had a hard time since they weren’t able to bring in other high-priced players. The Ravens need to look no further than 2013, when they made Joe Flacco the greatest paid quarterback in the league after their Super Bowl victory. In the 5 seasons that followed, the Ravens went to the playoffs only as soon as.
Nearly two years earlier, when he took over as basic manager, DeCosta said he wanted to re-sign a great deal of the team’s draft choices and young gamers, and the Ravens did so by consenting to brand-new agreements with left deal with Ronnie Stanley and cornerback Marlon Humphrey earlier this season. But there are other top players the Ravens need to re-sign, such as right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. and tight end Mark Andrews.