Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson can officially start talking to other teams tomorrow. Today, he spends some time on Twitter, addressing his unresolved contract situation.
Retweeting a post in which ESPN’s Adam Schefter is quoted as saying that Jackson rejected a contract last year that included $200 million in guarantees, Jackson use a gif this suggests disagreement with the assertion.
Jackson then tweeted this:133/3 years fully guaranteed😒 but I need an agent? 🤣🤦🏾♂️”
It’s unclear if he says he was offered a three-year, fully guaranteed, $133 million contract last year by the Ravens, or was offered one more recently. by the Ravens or someone else. He also does not say if he is inclined to accept such an offer.
The key number is familiar. Several ESPN reporters and analysts have previously claimed that the Ravens offered Jackson $133 million fully guaranteed upon signing. We’ve always said that it’s impossible to know the true value of the contract offer without seeing all the details, including (for example) personal injury benefits that would have become full benefits after the first year.
It is unclear, based on the article retweeted by Jackson, if Schefter identified any warranties that would have vested after one year.
Either way, Jackson’s tweet makes it clear that he won’t change course by not hiring an agent. Starting Wednesday, we’ll see if that gets anyone to make him an offer he won’t refuse.
And, yes, he needs an agent. Both for his football contract and for his marketing deals.
In saying this, I am not trying to attack him. I try to help him. He deserves to have a lot more money than he received for his skills, abilities, and performance.
But you carry water for the agents, some will inevitably say. In fact, there’s no better argument for agents to use in the future than Lamar never to hire one, because the end result of his adventures in self-representation will give the whole agent industry all the ammunition she would ever need to advocate for other players. don’t try to go it alone – especially not franchise quarterbacks.
I’m trying to persuade Lamar to hire an agent before it’s too late. Before his shot at the contract he deserves evaporates. Before many more millions, like the ones Josh Allen made in 2021 and 2022, are gone for good.
Again, if I was really opposed to his interests, I wouldn’t say a word about it. Or, even worse, I would openly encourage it.
It kind of makes you wonder what the people who openly encourage it really want to see happen.
Lamar Jackson clarifies he won’t hire agent originally appeared on Pro Football Talk