The Baltimore Ravens have been playing hardball in the negotiations to sign their franchise quarterback, Lamar Jackson, to a long-term extension. Finally, news broke Thursday that the two had, at long last, reached a deal, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport. It's been a long road for Jackson, who has represented himself in negotiations without the assistance of an agent.
Jackson has officially reset the market with his five-year, $260 million extension, now the highest paid player in the league with a $52 million average annual salary.
What prompted the change in heart for the Ravens? Well…
Just last week, Hurts and his agent, Nikole Lynn, negotiated a ground-breaking deal to (briefly) become the highest-paid player in NFL history at $51 million per year.
Let’s not forget to give Lamar the rest of his flowers, though. He deserves kudos not just for becoming the NFL’s highest paid player, but also for the fact that negotiated on his own behalf. Truly baller stuff right there.
The Ravens have to be all smiles heading into draft night, with their franchise quarterback under lock, a newly signed Odell Beckham Jr., and rumors that perhaps another star could be on his way to Baltimore — 3x All-Pro receiver, DeAndre Hopkins. They now sit with the eighth-highest odds to win Super Bowl LVIII at +1800 on FanDuel Sportsbook.