Agents Tech: Lamar Jackson does banking on the waiting game when it comes to the Monster Deal with the Ravens.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson joins the Ravens at this week’s mandatory mini-camp after giving up off-season work for the first time in his short NFL career. Attendance at the first round of the 2018 election should prevent any speculation between Jackson and Ravens, or a training camp could be held due to dissatisfaction with the agreement.

Jackson is taking an unconventional approach to the business of football. He is one of the few NFL players to have run an entire career without an agent. The lack of an agent is expected to ultimately prevent Jackson from becoming one of the league’s highest paid players. Cardinals wide receiver D’Andre Hopkins, Texans offensive tactical laurel Tinsel and Rams Inside line baker Bobby Wagner have signed deals over the past three years that have now determined the market for their respective positions. Everyone had qualified mentors to help with the process.

The Jackson contract is in the year. She is set on her fully guaranteed fifth year option to earn 23 23,016 million this season.

Unlike most players in the signing year, Jackson doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to negotiate a new deal. During NFL owners’ meetings in late March, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti indicated that the team was more interested in extending the contract than Jackson. “When he is ready, we will pay him,” Biscuity said. “… Eric (De Costa) can’t keep calling him and saying, ‘Hey Lamar, you really need to come here and get this done.’ He also suggested a passion for winning.

Jackson’s patience is working to his advantage financially. Things usually go well with stars that are at their peak. In general, the longer it takes to sign a healthy Pro Bowl caliber player, the more expensive it is.

There were only three quarterbacks – Josh Allen (Bulls), Patrick Mahoms (Chiefs) and Doc Prescott (Cowboys) – earning at least $ 40 million a year when the off-season began. That number has risen to seven after Derek Carr, Aaron Rogers, Matthew Stafford and Dishon Watson made mega deals with the Riders, Packers, Rams and Browns, respectively.

Two of the new deals, most notably Watson’s, have been game changers. Once Rogers, entering his contract year, decided he wanted to stay with the Packers instead of trying to force a trade, he became the NFL’s first $ 50 million-a-year player in March. Its new deal is widely considered to be worth $ 150,815 million over three years, although it has two additional years under the market.

Rodgers has set new standards for the amount guaranteed in football contracts with a total guarantee of .6 150.665 million and a full guarantee of 10 101.515 million. That was until Texas traded Watson to the Browns two weeks later.

No one expected Watson to receive a fully guaranteed, five-year, $ 230 million contract for his business, in particular. Allegations of sexual abuse and abuse He is still facing. Watson had a four-year contract extension worth $ 136 million, an average of $ 39 million per year, which he signed in September 2020. It has the type of guaranteed money that is usually reserved for the most profitable NBA contracts. For example, boxing forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, 2019 and 2020 NBA MVP signed a five-year extension in December 2020 that went into effect this season with a full guarantee of $ 228,200,420.

Bisciotti acknowledged the potential implications of the Watson deal at the owners’ meetings. “I wish they hadn’t guaranteed the whole deal,” Bisciotti said. “I don’t know if he should have been the first person to get a full guaranteed contract. That’s an important thing to me, and it will make negotiations with others difficult.” “But that doesn’t necessarily mean we have to play that game, you know? We’ll see,” he said.

Jackson, like Watson, will be justified in seeking a fully guaranteed agreement. He is the biggest double-threat quarterback in NFL history. Jackson set a new singles season quarterback record with 1,206 yards on the ground and led the NFL in 2019 with 36 touchdown passes when he was the league MVP. He was also the first player to have at least 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.

Watson has never been an All Pro, let alone an NFL MVP. There is also no concern about Jackson’s off-field behavior.

Jackson’s last two seasons have not been at the level of his MVP year. In 2021, Jackson threw a career-high 13 interceptions and was fired 38 times, the highest of his career in a single season, during the 12 games he played. As the season progressed, the teams began to shine on Jackson with increasing frequency as they were gaining.

There were mitigating factors in 2021 performance. Offensive line and running game ended due to injury. Baltimore’s top three running backs – JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill – played no less than the previous season, and 2019 All-Pro left-tackle Ronnie Stanley played only in the season opener trying to recover from a serious ankle injury. Was Encountered during the 2020 season.

Despite a temporary offensive line and running game, the Ravens led the AFC North with an 8-5 record, primarily thanks to Jackson, when they were knocked out of the last four games of the season with a right ankle injury. Were Baltimore would not have won another game without him. In some cases, the Ravens gained some insight into last season whether Jackson could take over the franchise in more or less negative situations.

Jackson has been widely criticized for his ability as a passerby, especially in his pocket. Whatever shortcomings Jackson may have in throwing footballs are unlikely to stop him from paying near the top of the quarterback market. The Falcons made Michael Wick, the first quarterback to rush 1,000 yards in a season, the second highest paid player in the league in 2004, although he was not a Polish passer.

The Ravens will face the option of giving Jackson the franchise position if he signs his rogue deal. There are reports that the Jackson franchise is not afraid to play tag games.

The Ravens avoided a franchise tag game with Joe Flacco in 2013 when his contract was coming to an end. Flacco managed to parry an amazing playoff of 2012, in which the Ravens won the Super Bowl XLVII on a six-year, $ 120.6 million contract, averaging $ 20.1 million a year, which briefly made him the league’s top scorer. Made the highest earning player. He was a quarter above average last season before his brilliant post-season. In contrast, Jackson has shown that he can perform at a high level, but the Ravens have won only one playoff game with him.

In general, quarterbacks are rarely in a position to be a franchisee because new deals usually precede the need to make a decision. In the last 10 off-season, only three quarterbacks – Drew Breeze (2012), Kirk Cousins ​​(2016 and 2017) and Prescott (2020 and 2021) – have been named as franchise players.

There are two types of franchise positions: non-exclusive and exclusive. Non-exclusive tags allow a player to negotiate with NFL teams, but if he signs an offer sheet with another club, his team has five days to match the offer. ۔ If the offer does not match, the team signing will receive two first-round picks as compensation. The non-exclusive franchise tag for quarterbacks next year should be 14,212% of the 2023 pay cap, bringing that number to the $ 32 million neighborhood.

Non-exclusive tag revenues can weaken a quarterback’s need for a team offer sheet with a plethora of celery cap rooms that can be difficult to compete with. For Jackson, the two first-round picks will be valued better than the Upper Achilles quarterbacks’ trade compensation this off-season. The Texans have selected Watson for the first round of 2022, 2023 and 2024, the sixth round for 2024, the fourth round for 2022, the third round for 2023 and the fourth round for 2024. The Broncos selected Russell Wilson and the 2022 fourth-round pick for multiple players from the Seahawks (Tight and Noah Fent, defensive lineman Shelby Harris and quarterback Drew Lock), 2022 and 2023 first-round picks, 2022 and 2023 and second round selection. Selection of the fifth round of 2022.

Four of the five quarterbacks have been nominated as franchise players since 2012, the special version was used. A player cannot interact with other teams with a special franchise tag. The 2023 Quarterback Special franchise number will average the top five salaries of 2023 Quarterback (salary cap number with some minor adjustments) at the end of next year at the end of the limited free agent signing period on April 21. This number is subject to change in terms of new quarterback deals, contract restructuring, pay cuts and / or releases between now and then.

In another franchise tag in 2024, under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, there must be a 20% increase over Jackson’s expected 2023 special number, just over $ 54.775 million. For the third year in a row, Baltimore will be barred from nominating Jackson as a franchise player in 2025. The third and final franchise tag will be less than $ 79 million, with a 44% increase over 2024 figures.

Jackson’s willingness to accept franchise tags should give him ammunition to win a $ 50 million-per-year long-term deal in the neighborhood. The average two-year Jackson franchise currently projects just over $ 50.2 million. Baltimore’s bowing to this kind of money will allow Jackson to test the open market in 2025 after earning just over $ 100 million on two franchise tags.

Jackson will have to be comfortable handling the risk of injury with a year-over-year approach. Some believe that his style of play makes him more prone to injury. Jackson has been targeted 709 times since the Ravens started in the middle of the quarterback during their rogue year in 2018, which is 99 more than any other quarterback during this period.

Injuries may not have a significant effect on Jackson’s financial prospects. An ankle injury ending a terrible season in early 2020, which sidelined Prescott for the last 11 games while he was playing on the $ 31,409 million franchise tag, made him the second NFL player to earn $ 40 million a year. Could not stop 2021

The market must already have enough information to reach an agreement after a serious discussion on the agreement. The biggest stacking point could be on a fully guaranteed contract.

A deal could be the way to a short-term deal that Cousins ​​took in 2018 as an unlimited free agent. Cousins ​​laid new foundations by signing the NFL’s first lucrative, fully guaranteed veteran contract with the Vikings. His three-year, $ 84 million deal, which made him the league’s highest paid player at $ 28 million a year, was worth up to $ 90 million with concessions.

For Jackson, that could mean three full guarantee years, valued at between $ 135 million and $ 150 million, averaging between $ 45 million a year and $ 50 million a year. Jackson will get his security, while Ravens Watson will have 60% to 65% of the Browns’ money. It would be prudent for Jackson to insist on a clause barring Ravens from using the franchise or transition tag on him after the expiration of his contract so that any subsequent contract extension could be negotiated. I wanted to make the most of it.