Lamar Jackson is one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the NFL today. However, the former 2019 NFL MVP is in a weird position at the current moment because no team seems to want to meet his contract demands. The Ravens reportedly offered him a seven-year deal worth $250 million but he completely botched those extension negotiations.
So today we’ll look at the reasons why Jackson can’t secure the deal that he wants. We’ll look at the mistakes he made along the way and the reasons why owners don’t want to pay him. It may or may not be fair but this is the NFL and it’s a ruthless business. Check out how Jackson botched his contract extension right now.
One of the strangest things about Jackson’s negotiations is that he doesn’t have an agent. This is like going to court without a lawyer because nobody does it. Yes, it’s theoretically possible but it’s almost always better to have an expert who knows what they’re doing. Franchises don’t want to deal with Jackson directly because that’s not how the game works.
ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio believes that Jackson botched his extension by not using an agent. “Lamar, you need to hire an agent. Now,” Florio said (via NBC). “Hire an agent now to shepherd you through this process, to aggressively contact all the teams, to try to get someone to come up with an offer sheet that maybe the Ravens couldn’t or wouldn’t match.”