NFL Insider Quickly Shuts Down Lamar Jackson Criticism
Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson is currently available on the market as he received their non-exclusive franchise tag for the 2023 season.
The tag will allow him to freely negotiate a new contract with another team, and if he agrees to a new deal that the Ravens don’t want to match, they’ll receive two first-round picks as compensation.
However, there has been virtually no interest in Jackson.
One of the reasons why some say are concerns over his durability as he has missed five games in each of the last two seasons due to injury.
However, Dov Kleiman pointed out that Deshaun Watson tore his ACL twice and still got a huge contract with the Cleveland Browns.
To anyone who wants to talk about the “injury risk” with Lamar versus Watson.
Watson suffered two torn ACLs in his career and still got $230 million fully guaranteed.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 30, 2023
Durability is a concern many have with dual-threat QBs such as Jackson and Watson, and the 2022 season has seen an unusually high number of flaggers drop due to injury.
Watson was traded to the Browns last offseason, and they immediately gave him a fully guaranteed contract worth $230 million over five years, making it the biggest deal in NFL history. .
According to multiple reports, this is the type of contract Jackson was looking for.
However, it could be argued that Jackson is not as valuable a quarterback as Watson.
While Jackson won the 2019 regular season MVP by throwing for a league-high 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns, his football-throwing productivity has since declined.
Watson, on the other hand, led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards while notching 33 touchdowns in 2020, his last full season.
One of the quirks of Jackson’s quest for a huge contract is the fact that he is his own agent, which is rare in professional sports.
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