The Ravens drafted QB Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. That's to say the franchise should be happy with what he's accomplished. By all accounts, their actions have let us know as much, too, having picked up his fifth-year option worth $23 million for the 2022 season.

But now, after their young quarterback suffered a knee injury in Week 13, the outlook for a long-term deal he'll find suitable feels increasingly grim. He's now had back-to-back seasons managing injuries that could wind up costing him money as he looks to negotiate a long-term deal.

Here's why the injuries shouldn't cost him, though:

  • Lamar Jackson's rushing ability is unmatched. Jackson has the sixth-most career rushing yards (4,437) among any quarterback in NFL history and ranks seventh among active NFL players in career rush yards.

  • He's not just a wizard on the ground, though. Jackson ranks 11th in NFL passer rating and has the third-highest career passing TD rate (6.1%) among all active quarterbacks.

  • Jackson compares well with other quarterbacks who have been paid in the win-loss column. Among all active quarterbacks with 10+ career starts, Jackson has the third-highest win rate (.738) behind just Patrick Mahomes (.787) and Tom Brady (.758).

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