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The Baltimore Ravens and young quarterback Lamar Jackson are chatting about a contract extension that will keep him a Raven for years to come.
The quarterback is doing the dirty work without an agent, which is not the way things normally get done with big name NFL players.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said on the Pat McAfee Show Tuesday that one person who is stepping up to help negotiations is none other than Jackson’s mother.
“Agents a lot of times sort of act as the buffer for teams to players,” Rapoport said.
“So if you’re really pissed off about some counter-offer, you scream at the agent and talk about why you’re going to put him out of business or whatever you want to say and the player generally has no idea and the relationship is good.
“It is a little different with Lamar Jackson because it is his mom acting as his business partner.”
Jackson is coming off another stellar season. He threw for 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and in 2019 when he won the league MVP, he threw for 3,127 yards with 36 touchdowns.
The quarterback, 24, is finishing up a contract that has paid him $9.5 million over four seasons. The team already exercised Jackson’s fifth-year option that will pay him $23 million in the 2022 season.
Jackson’s mother, Felicia Jones, has served as her son’s business manager since announcing he would turn pro at the end of his 2017 season.
There’s a lot of risk and reward with this arrangement. It remains to be seen whether it will pay off, or whether Jackson and his mother will lose out in the end.