Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took the ultimate chance and is betting on himself this NFL season. After failing to reach an agreement with the Ravens on a long-term extension, the Pompano Beach, Florida native, who went 32nd overall in the 2018 draft, is currently playing on the $23 million 5th-year option of his rookie contract.
Jackson reportedly turned down a 5-year offer worth roughly $250 million, with $133 million guaranteed - something many were not surprised by because Deshaun Jackson's contract, signed this summer, changed the goalposts for QB contracts, especially for a dual-threat player like Lamar Jackson who runs the ball as well as he throws the ball. This week, Jackson will face a major early season test as the 2-2 Ravens host Joe Burrow and the 2-2 Bengals on Sunday Night Football.
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Lamar Jackson's rushing ability
The 2019 NFL MVP already has 13 total touchdowns this season, including 11 pass touchdowns, and currently leads the Ravens with 316 rush yards - the most of any quarterback in the NFL this season. He also ranks in the league's top 10 in rushing yards, for all players (ranked 9th entering Week 5). Additionally, Jackson was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month in September for the second time in his career.
Powered in part by Jackson, the Ravens offense ranked first in rush yards per game in 2019 (206) and 2020 (191.9) and was third in 2021 (145.8). In 2022, the team ranks 8th entering Week 5 (142).
What will happen with Lamar Jackson's contract at the end of the season?
Lamar Jackson is currently set to become a free agent after the season, however, he could be franchised tagged by the Ravens.
Does Lamar Jackson have an agent?
Lamar Jackson has represented himself during negotiations while leaning on the help of his mother, Felicia Jones, and the NFLPA (which reportedly advised him that he was justified to demand a fully guaranteed deal).
What other notable contracts were recently signed by NFL quarterbacks?
Russell Wilson: 5 years, $245 million ($124M fully guaranteed) - August 2022
Kyler Murray: 5 years, $230.5 million ($103.3M fully guaranteed) - July 2022
Deshaun Watson: 5 years, $230 million (fully guaranteed) - March 2022
Josh Allen: 6 years, $258 million ($100M fully guaranteed) - August 2021
Patrick Mahomes: 10 years, $450 million ($63.1M fully guaranteed) - July 2020
Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals head to M&T Bank Stadium to take on Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens this week on Sunday Night Football. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America on NBC and Peacock. Kickoff time is at 8:20 p.m. See below for additional information on how to watch Sunday night's Bengals vs Ravens matchup.
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How to watch the Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens:
Where: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
When: Sunday, October 9
Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
TV Channel: NBC
Stream live: Watch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App
What time is kickoff for the Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens game?
Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.
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