Lamar Jackson has risen to the status of being one of the best players in the league. That has started to put him his long-term future with the Baltimore Ravens into question over the last few weeks. In the wake of the massive extension that Patrick Mahomes received from the Kansas City Chiefs, it has circled the conversation over to when he will garner a new contract. With that in mind, Jackson has laid out a time frame for when he wants to workout out his next deal with Baltimore.
Lamar Jackson’s rise to stardom
In his first full season as an NFL starting quarterback, Lamar Jackson more than put himself on the map.
Jackson put forth one of the greatest campaigns in league history while guiding the Ravens to tremendous success. Jackson demonstrated to be more than a capable passer as he led the league with 36 touchdown passes to just six interceptions, first with an 81.9 quarterback rating, and held a 113.3 passer rating. He also proved to be a significant factor in the running game as he broke Michael Vick’s quarterback rushing record with 1,206 rushing yards.
Jackson helped push the Ravens to become the first team to average 200 rushing yards per game. He was also the first player to notch at least 30 touchdowns passes and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season. His MVP and bright future ahead has shifted the talk to his next contract, which he has laid out a time frame for when he wants it done.
Lamar Jackson wants to start contract talks next offseason
Lamar Jackson’s stellar play through his first two seasons has put him in the conversation as one of the league’s best players.
It has also shifted the focus over to his next deal after Mahomes’ historic contract extension last month. With that in mind, Jackson voiced that he wants to workout his next deal after Super Bowl 55 next offseason. (H/T Matthew Stevens of the Ravens Wire)
“My reaction – I’ve just got to win a Super Bowl,” Jackson said when asked about his reaction to Mahomes’ $500 million contract extension. “I don’t really focus on what he has going on, because I’ve still got to prove myself. When that time comes, then we can negotiate after the Super Bowl.”
Although Jackson doesn’t like the comparisons to Mahomes, he would certainly like to reap the financial benefits from winning a Super Bowl like his colleague. The 23-year-old has the opportunity to do what the Chiefs star quarterback did by capturing an MVP award and follow it up with winning the Super Bowl the following year.
That won’t be any easy task by any means, but the Ravens have the pieces in place led by Jackson to vie for that prestigious honor. Beyond that, he has put himself in a prime position to secure a massive lucrative deal from the Ravens.
A big contract is coming
There may be doubters remaining about Lamar Jackson’s ability as a quarterback, but he’s undoubtedly himself in the spot to garner a huge deal from the Ravens.
Jackson has been the guiding factor in helping the Ravens reach back-to-back playoff appearances. He has been the driving offensive force that has put a bright future ahead of the franchise. It’s hard to deny that he hasn’t done enough to command a massive extension next offseason. His play in the 2020 season will go a long way toward securing an even greater contract.
It’s a chance not only to prove that his historical 2019 campaign wasn’t a fluke but also to erase Baltimore’s doubt in committing to a lucrative extension.