Lamar Jackson Wants To Be A Raven For Life, Is That A Good Idea For Baltimore?

Lamar Jackson says he wants to be a Raven for life, which means he'll likely land a monstrous contract. Is that a good idea for the Ravens? His playoff resume surely says no.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott just received a four-year, $160 million extension, which will, in a way, set the market for Jackson. Sure, Jackson isn't exactly the same type of leader as Prescott, but any player at your position signing for big money allows you to ask for more.

It's just a matter of whether Baltimore believes Lamar Jackson is the answer. It's one thing to believe in a guy. Signing him to earn $2 million a game is another.

Jackson is just 1-3 in his playoff career, and one of those wins came in a Wild Card game last year. The scouting report so far is that the 2019 MVP struggles when he falls behind. As a matter of fact, he's just 1-6 when trailing at halftime, and that doesn't cut it.

Those "Patrick Mahomes" deals should be given only to those players who check every box. Can they influence winning, are they mobile, do they make their teammates better, and are they clutch? Lamar Jackson is a few of those things, but clutch is not one of them. An argument can easily be made that the Ravens aren't good enough as a unit to win playoff games, so maybe the Ravens buy that as well?

An incentive-based contract with playoff bonuses should be in order. If Jackson gets over the hump when it matters, everyone will win.

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