Lamar Jackson has been searching for a brand new contract from the Baltimore Ravens, and one longtime ESPN analyst thinks the star quarterback ought to refuse to play within the common season if he doesn’t get it.
Stephen A. Smith was requested throughout Tuesday’s version of “First Take” if he thinks Jackson ought to play in Week 1 with no new deal in place. He mentioned the previous NFL MVP would be a fool to do that.
“Not at all. Not even a little bit,” Smith mentioned. “I think that would be one of the dumbest things he could possibly do. … We understand that last year when you were out the last four games wasn’t the first time you had an injury in your career. You’ve had various injuries in your career. Something could end your season. Something could end your career. It wasn’t like you hurt your hand or hurt your shoulder — no no, brother, you hurt those wheels. Those electrifying wheels that we have never seen from the quarterback position in the history of the game. You went down with an ankle injury.”
Smith believes Jackson could be risking his whole future if he performed in a aggressive sport once more with out signing an extension. He mentioned it will be a “grave, grave mistake to roll those dice and take those chances.”
Jackson doesn’t have an agent and represents himself. Smith additionally criticized him for that and mentioned the two-time Pro Bowler shouldn’t be attempting to economize by negotiating his personal deal.
There has been no indication that Jackson will refuse to play in Week 1 if he and the Ravens can not attain an settlement. Though, he has knowledgeable the crew that he will not negotiate once the regular season begins. If Jackson takes a tough stance, he’ll doubtless be headed for the franchise tag subsequent offseason.
Naturally, Jackson is searching for a deal that’s akin to the $230 million assured Deshaun Watson obtained from the Cleveland Browns. While the Ravens will not be prepared to go that top, they’ve reportedly knowledgeable Jackson that they’re open to giving him a bigger contract than the massive one another star QB recently signed.