The Baltimore Ravens' offseason was dominated, for the most part, by the Lamar Jackson saga.
There were emotions and rumors all over the board, with no one really knowing what was going to happen at a certain point. But, in the end, the Ravens and Jackson came together on a contract which the former MVP did, indeed, sign.
The 26-year-old quarterback has had a tough run of injury luck over the past two seasons, which is one of the main reasons why contract talks likely took a while. With those injury issues in mind, a recent article posted by Bleacher Report called this contract one of the worst deals we will be talking about three years down the road.
Bleacher Report's Brad Gagnon noted Jackson's injury woes and the fall-off in performance after his MVP campaign when he wrote this:
":Anything short of Super Bowl-level success in the next few years will be reason for the Ravens to regret this gamble. And at this stage, I have little reason to expect that from Jackson and a team that will be handcuffed as a result of his contract."
Let's take a breath before we call the Baltimore Ravens' signing of Lamar Jackson a future failure
For a minute, let's look around the league at the many teams which have had a hard time figuring out the quarterback position in recent years, and even for decades at a time.
Look at a team like the Chicago Bears, who have never had a 4,000-yard passer in their entire 100-plus year history. They are the only franchise to never see such a feat.
The Cleveland Browns have long had quarterack issues, as evidenced by the 36 starting quarterbacks the team has had since 1999.
Jackson is young, possesses a rare dual-threat skill set and has plenty of career ahead of him. Let's also not fail to mention the fact that Greg Roman's offense was getting stale and didn't exactly try to showcase all of what Jackson has to offer.
Not known to be a prolific passer, that's what new offensive coordinator Todd Monken wants to reveal from his quarterback in Jackson. The Ravens have now given Jackson a full arsenal of weaponry for the first time in his career, along with a deep group at running back and what should be a formidable offensive line.
To call this extension a future failure is jumping the gun quite a bit. In fact, I would get Gagnon is eating those words as soon as January 2024