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Lamar Jackson turned down 5-year, $250M Ravens contract

Like Yankees celebrity Aaron Choose, Lamar Jackson has wager on himself somewhat than settle for the Ravens’ long-term contract provide.

Jackson, who will face the Jets in Sunday’s season opener at MetLife Stadium, turned down a five-year extension provide value over $250 million with $133 million assured this week, ESPN reported.

Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, is slated to earn $23 million on the fifth-year choice of his rookie contract, and the extension would have kicked in subsequent season.

The typical annual wage and assured cash at signing would have exceeded the offers landed this summer season by star quarterbacks Kyler Murray with Arizona and Russell Wilson with Denver. However the 25-year-old Jackson — who represented himself in negotiations — sought a fully-guaranteed deal just like the one Deshaun Watson signed (value $230 million) with Cleveland in June. The Ravens nonetheless can retain Jackson’s rights for 2023 by making use of their franchise tag on the two-time Professional Bowler.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson seems on after a preseason recreation in opposition to the Commanders.
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“Regardless of finest efforts on either side, we have been unable to succeed in a contract extension with Lamar Jackson,” Ravens GM Eric DeCosta mentioned Friday in an announcement after negotiations have been tabled till the conclusion of the season. “We enormously respect how he has dealt with this course of and we’re enthusiastic about our group with Lamar main the best way.

“We’ll proceed to work in direction of a long-term contract after the season, however for now we’re trying ahead to a profitable 2022 marketing campaign.”

Jackson has posted a 37-12 document as a starter as Baltimore’s beginning quarterback for the reason that center of the 2018 season, however they’ve dropped three of 4 postseason video games in that span.

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