Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sidelines in the third quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at M&T Bank Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. Patrick Smith/Getty Images


  • Lamar Jackson will likely look for a deal close to what Deshaun Watson got with the Browns
  • Jackson is already being paid more than what Murray is receiving from the Cardinals
  • The Ravens are expected to encounter difficulty in negotiating a new deal with Jackson

Time is ticking and the Baltimore Ravens do not appear close to sealing a fresh pact with 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson.

The Ravens have yet to extend an offer for the 25-year-old quarterback, something that could lock him up beyond the 2022 NFL season.

Baltimore has already offered the two-time Pro Bowl champion more money than what the Arizona Cardinals gave Kyler Murray according to a report by Fox Sports.

However, Jackson may be looking for a fully-guaranteed deal that is similar to what Deshan Watson of the Cleveland Browns is getting.

"It's a really big uphill battle here," NFL pundit Jay Glazer reported. "The reason why is because Lamar Jackson... is representing himself... [The] Deshaun Watson deal kind of throws things out of whack, because I'm sure [Jackson] wants a fully guaranteed contract, [and] I don't see [the Ravens] wanting to do that."

Furthermore, former NFL agent and cap expert Joel Corry feels that Jackson is an obvious candidate who could follow Watson as far as securing a fully-guaranteed deal.

It will be recalled that Watson got a five-year deal worth $230 million, part of the trade deal between the Browns and the Houston Texans.

As for Jackson, the Florida native is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Ravens with $23 million due in 2022.

Jackson has had three NFL playoff runs and has accomplished more compared to Murray and Watson, which gives him enough reason to command a deal that could be worth more than $46 million per year.

Hence, it all remains touch-and-go for now although the Ravens and Jackson have publicly expressed their desire to remain together on a long-term basis.

However, the former Louisville Cardinal has allegedly been hesitant to engage in negotiations.

Jackson has gone through these times with his mother rather than as a certified NFL agent since he entered the league in 2018.

With the 2022 NFL season fast approaching, Jackson also has yet to officially declare himself as available to play.

The following weeks should be interesting to see if Jackson does get a new deal or hold that off in 2023 when he becomes a free agent.

Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens scrambles with the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images