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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson rejected contract bigger than Russell Wilson’s in key areas

The expected news became official on Friday when quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens officially paused contract negotiations before the 2022 season. Jackson’s focus is with this year, while head coach John Harbaugh managed to get clear he knows Jackson would be the team’s QB “for a long period.”

What type of deal did Jackson ignore?

Sources say Jackson was offered a deal that eclipsed that of Broncos QB Russell Wilson in key areas, with Baltimore’s attempted extension being a lot more than the $49 million each year in average new money that Wilson received on Sept. 1. The belief is that in addition, it approached or beat Wilson when it comes to guaranteed money, with Wilson receiving 68% of his deal guaranteed.

It had been nearly that of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who’ll earn $50 million each year on the next 3 years in a highly guaranteed deal struck in March. In relation to guaranteed money, it fell lacking the $230 million, guaranteed deal that Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson received after Cleveland traded for Watson in March.

Actually, guaranteed money is thought to be in the centre of the problem. Jackson is seeking as near $230 million as you possibly can, choosing to play on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract until he gets his desired deal.

Meanwhile, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti spoke out in the spring, telling a little band of local reporters, “I have no idea that (Watson) should’ve been the initial guy to obtain a guaranteed contract. If you ask me, that’s a thing that is groundbreaking, and it will make negotiations harder with others.”

Jackson is representing himself, participating in conversations with general manager Eric DeCosta on the offer. In a statement, DeCosta said, “We appreciate how he’s got handled this technique.”

Jackson is on his guaranteed fifth-year option this season, earning $23.02 million.

Following the season, he faces the initial of two franchise tags, with the non-exclusive tag equaling $29.7 million and the exclusive tag $45.5 million (with both numbers at the mercy of change on the next year). When there is no deal, Jackson likely would get another tag the next year — and likely face a tag so high he’ll turn into a free agent.

But there’s risk, considering only the fifth-year option is guaranteed at this time. Jackson has always done things their own way, and predicated on Friday’s decisions, he’s set to bet on himself.

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