Here's Why Lamar Jackson Will Soon Sign Massive Contract Extension With Baltimore Ravens
The former NFL MVP is part of a lengthy list of passers who could ink big-money deals in the near future.
The Ravens have picked up Jackson's fifth-year option for the 2022 season worth roughly $23 million. Although there isn’t any public push from either side to get the deal done now, it’s inevitable that Jackson will soon receive a lucrative extension.
In recent months, general manager Eric DeCosta and head coach John Harbaugh have each voiced the strong desire to lock in Jackson to a new long-term deal. Meanwhile, Jackson recently aired he’s focused on leading the team to the Super Bowl.
"I'm not worried about that right now. I've still got two more years left on my first [contract]," Jackson said via the Ravens' team website. "I'm worried about getting my Super Bowl here and bringing it back home so we can celebrate that and focus on that.
As the 2021 season inches closer, here’s why the 2019 NFL MVP is about to get paid quite handsomely.
Transformed Ravens Into Playoff Constant
Since Jackson took over as Baltimore's starting quarterback, the Ravens remain a playoff constant in each of the last three seasons.
Baltimore has won double-digit games in each campaign along with securing a pair of NFC North division titles. Although the team hasn’t moved past the divisional round of the playoffs, the Ravens have cemented themselves as an AFC powerhouse.
Jackson’s steady play is a significant reason why Baltimore continues to experience consistent success. As long as he remains healthy, it’s something that won’t change in the years ahead.
Best Seasons May Lie Ahead
If Jackson’s first three seasons proved anything, it's that he’s one of the league’s top quarterbacks.
Yes, he needs to continue his improvement as a passer, but it’s hard to deny his tremendous overall talent. Jackson is a game-changing factor with his legs, rushing for 2,906 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career so far.
The 24-year-old has racked up north of 1,000 rushing yards in each of the last two campaigns, including a quarterback single-season record of 1,206 in his 2019 MVP campaign. Jackson has already shown he can take care of the ball as a passer with 68 touchdown passes to 18 interceptions along with a 102.6 career passer rating.
There will remain concerns over his long-term health, given his heavy reliance on running the ball, but he’s not even 25. He has plenty of highly productive years ahead which is ultimately what the Ravens will be paying for.
Secure Long-Term Future In Baltimore
If the last few years haven’t been clear enough, it’s hard to find a bonafide star at the quarterback position.
There are several teams sifting through options in hopes to find the franchise cornerstone that can lift it to consistent success. The Ravens have that with Jackson, who hasn’t even hit his physical prime.
It’s not an easy task to find the next great young talent, and Baltimore accomplished that with the bold decision to move up to the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The organization has its future tied to an elite talent under center, making it only a matter of time before he gets what he deserves in his next contract.
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