The Ravens’ announcement Friday that they could not come to an settlement on a contract extension with QB Lamar Jackson provides to what may very well be a captivating 2023 offseason for quarterbacks.
Past the numerous groups that could be available in the market for a brand new signal-caller, Jackson, Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert are all in line for contracts that might redefine the marketplace for the place.
Jackson goes to receives a commission a method or one other. There’s no indication he desires out of Baltimore or that the Ravens may take into account shifting on. Whereas the franchise tag may kick the can down the highway in spring, there can be intense strain on the Ravens to provide Jackson the deal he desires — particularly if he turns in a bounce-back season.
Jackson appears to be searching for a totally assured contract. When a fan tweeted in August, “As a lot as I really like Lamar, a totally assured deal is simply unhealthy enterprise,” Jackson responded, “You do not love Lamar.”
Might Herbert or Burrow pursue a totally assured deal? If Jackson is ready to land one, why not? Herbert is already one of many NFL’s most prolific quarterbacks after solely two seasons, and Burrow took the Bengals to the Tremendous Bowl in solely his second season.
Kyler Murray was capable of safe greater than $46 million yearly from the Cardinals earlier this summer season, and Russell Wilson landed $48.5 million per yr from the Broncos final week. The catch? Neither deal was totally assured.
Herbert and Burrow — at their age, with all they’ve proven thus far — could really feel that they deserve each a better annual wage than Murray or Wilson and practically a full assure. Contemplating the Ravens have not given in but, that could be what Jackson is demanding already.
The 2023 offseason may very well be outlined by these three parallel storylines, and the primary quarterback to signal his megadeal will certainly affect the remaining.