You have to think that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is pretty happy about Dak Prescott’s deal with the Dallas Cowboys. This will have major implications on what Jackson might ask for to start.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport, Dak Prescott has agreed to a four-year, $160 million dollar deal to remain a Dallas Cowboy. Of that $160 million is $126 million in guaranteed money. That’s a lot of money and has a lot of implications on Jackson and his contract extension talks with the Baltimore Ravens.
It now gives Jackson a price point to go for and then some. If Prescott can get four for $160 million at the age of 27, the amount that Jackson will be asking for will be a heck of a lot more.
Taking a look at the stats compared to both players even with Dak Prescott playing two seasons more minus his injured 2020 campaign, Jackson has just 38 touchdowns less than Prescott. It could be down further if Jackson didn’t sit out a lot of 4th quarters in the 2019 Season.
Another big glaring difference between Prescott and Jackson when it comes to a new contract is that Jackson has an MVP to his name and Prescott doesn’t. That piece of hardware will be one of the talking points as to why the contract extension will exceed that of Prescotts’s.
Say that Jackson didn’t win that MVP, do you think he’d have that leverage when it comes to asking more or getting more than Prescott? I’m not so sure. Either way, if I was Jackson I’d tell his agent from the start that he won’t be talking about an extension unless the starting point is four-years and $160 million.
Once they get the starting numbers, then hopefully the negotiations will go smooth with no hard feelings between the two parties. The Ravens love Jackson and he’s done a lot for the organization. It wouldn’t be good if one of them has animosity during the contract extension talks.
It’ll be good to get Jackson’s contract done early since he’s only 24 years old. Continue to build the offense around him and make sure he has every opportunity to win and be a Baltimore Raven for his entire career.
The NFL is a business and players should get every penny that they are worth, but let’s just say Jackson signs a bigger contract than Prescott’s four-year deal and then takes less money down the road to help the team like Tom Brady did when he was in New England.
That would be best for everyone, but you can never know what a player will do when it comes to money.
The Bottom Line:
Let’s just hope that with Prescott’s new deal, the Ravens and Jackson will know where to begin whenever contract talks start. Rumors are already floating around that they are far apart, but who knows what’s actually true.
Now that a new deal has been reached in Dallas the price has been set and the reps for Jackson and the reps for the Ravens will eventually get a deal done sooner rather than later.