Contract talks have stalled between the Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray.
A quarterback should benefit from the two trying to come to an agreement.
That quarterback is Lamar Jackson, who can use those blocked negations to his advantage.
The former Pro Bowl quarterback is in contract talks with the Baltimore Ravens.
His rookie contract expires after this season.
Kyler Murray was drafted 1st overall in the 2019 draft and acts like that, but people want to criticize Lamar Jackson for the way he’s handling his contract situation. https://t.co/dzYc1uGNVq
— My opinion (@hickeym6) April 14, 2022
However, the team may award him a franchise after his fifth-year option ends.
With Jackson happy in Baltimore, he could play on that tag, unlike other players who have already earned the tag.
Jackson wants to prove himself in Baltimore
Jackson, like Murray, just suffered an injury in 2022.
However, Jackson seems content to prove his worth to the team after being injured.
This stems from him telling people that he has no intention of quitting the team.
Lamar Jackson here to stay⁉️😅
— Ingravenvids (@IngravenVids) March 30, 2022
With him saying that, it looks like Jackson wants to prove himself in 2022 with Baltimore.
That should appeal to Ravens fans, as Jackson is a force on the court for the Ravens.
However, his playing with his legs sometimes gets him in trouble.
Health could be a concern for Jackson in 2022
Although some people don’t think Jackson will have any injury problems in 2022, it’s a possibility.
With Jackson having running abilities, there’s always a worry every time he leaves the pocket.
However, the fact that he is playing alone is not the only thing threatening his health in 2022.
The Ravens’ top five were the second-worst to protect the quarterback, giving up 57 sacks in 2021.
Jackson can’t stay healthy if that line doesn’t protect him in the pocket.
Although he’s an incredible athlete who can evade defensive players, that’s something that doesn’t always work out.
Taking too many sacks could shorten his career and ruin his contract chances.
With those things in mind, Jackson needs a deal done before the start of the 2022 season.
No matter how talented he is, he can’t keep running for his life on the pitch due to poor protection.
Jackson wants to bet on himself, unlike Murray
Everything Jackson has told people shows he’s ready to prove himself on the court.
Few players will test themselves like this after an injury.
That’s something we clearly don’t see from Murray with his contract denials
Jackson is risking a lot if he’s the one waiting for things with Baltimore.
The risk comes from a poor offensive line in Baltimore that can’t protect him.
The Ravens haven’t done enough in free agency to fix this huge problem.
Continued ignorance of offensive line play puts too much pressure on Jackson.
When that pressure comes, Jackson could be hurt.
However, that doesn’t stop Jackson from standing firm with what he believes.
He believes in himself and wants to bring a championship back to Baltimore.
But for him to win this championship, Baltimore needs protection for him.
Without that help, Jackson’s season will only bring disappointment to himself and his fans.
It would also hurt his legacy in Baltimore as one of their best quarterbacks in franchise history.