Baltimore’s offense desperately needs Lamar Jackson, whether they know it or not
Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens have gone through most of the 2022 season and have yet to come to an agreement on a contract extension. We know this will be the case going into the season, but now we’ll find out where loyalty lies in the worst case scenario. Jackson injured his knee in Baltimore’s Week 13 win over Denver. He left that game in the first quarter, and since then, this offense by Raven has dragged on, falling short of first place in the AFC North, if only temporarily.
The dynamic attributes that Jackson brings to the table are even more apparent when he’s not shooting for Baltimore. When Jackson was on the field, Raven’s offense ranked third among teams across the league. When he was out, they were in the lower third of the team. Sure, it’s one of the clearest stats ever, but that’s still not enough evidence for Baltimore to go ahead and pay that man.
We see that time and time again in player/team negotiations. Any and everything that can be used against said player in order to reduce his worth will be used against them. It’s like the unwritten Miranda right of an NFL contract: Anything you say (or do) can and will be used against you in these negotiations.
This is something Jackson will deal with when he and Raven return to the table for the season to work out a new deal. His end-of-season injury will become a point of contention as he missed crucial time. In the NFL, missing a game is considered too much, and Jackson has been out of action for two games in a row and missed almost a third.
Baltimore is 1-1 since Jackson left the roster, and won the game in which he was injured. Much of that credit is due to the defense that kept them in the game, going above and beyond to win. On Saturday against Cleveland, Baltimore’s defense held the Browns to 13 points. Unfortunately, Raven’s offense only won three points in this game.
After a performance like this, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti should rush to renew his old league MVP and keep him in the franchise for as long as possible. But it won’t happen so easily because it’s already happened if it is. Jackson wants a fully guaranteed contract, and that’s where Raven comes in report draw a straight line. And now, with Jackson’s latest injury, his chances of getting the deal he wants in Baltimore seem less viable every day he’s out.
Jackson sat out five games last season with a injury, and now he’s missed twice in a row and will likely miss a third. Team Raven is in a battle for the top spot in the AFC North with Bengali that could happen in the last game of the year on Week 18 in Cincinnati. Luckily for Baltimore, they won against Cincy this year, but if they can’t get up to speed in the next few weeks, this could be the difference in winning a playoff game on the field. home or go on. gate.
Ravens management claim they know what they have at Lamar, as they have always appreciated him publicly, especially whenever head coach John Harbaugh takes to the podium. But the way you show his true meaning is to pay him what he deserves. If he thinks he’s worth over $200 million guaranteed, that’s what it takes.
There’s only one real question Ravens need to ask themselves when dealing with this. Who is available equal or better than Jackson in the market? The answer to that is no one. You better believe that if Jackson were to hit the open market at his peak, there would be 20 teams lined up for a chance to land this intrepid creator.