Patriots HC Bill Belichick Hails Lamar Jackson an MVP Candidate While Commenting on His Contract Situation

Published 09/22/2022, 6:53 PM EDT
Oct 24, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws a pass in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports| Reuters

The Baltimore Ravens played amazingly and looked like they will serve the victory in Week 2. Lamar Jackson controlled the Miami Dolphins’ defense throughout the game. He threw three touchdowns just in the first quarter. Then ran a 79-yard TB before the end of the third quarter.

But everything turned around quickly, and the Dolphins won by 42-38 points. Since Jackson is a star player, his contract has been the talk of the town. And now, the head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick, commented on the situation.


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With an improbable career, he has made a mark in the NFL and is an athlete who many desire. In just more than four seasons of action, he has thrown for 10,498 yards and 90 touchdowns. The year 2019 saw a league-high 36 touchdowns.

He has won several significant individual honors for his work. The 25-year-old was the NFL MVP and First-Team All-Pro in 2019. The star quarterback is making impressive moves in the league to make his mark.

Despite the accolades and impressive stats, he is yet to earn a long-term deal contract from the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens did not offer an extension deal to Lamar Jackson, and he plays without the guarantee of a long-term deal.


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The New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick, thinks Lamar has proved himself enough to the Ravens. And just like many others, he wants to know what kind of contract the league will grant him.

When asked if Jackson had addressed concerns regarding his ability to play from inside the pocket, Belichick said, “Without a doubt. It’s the type of the player, the MVP type of candidate. I think he’s more than answered them. But, we’ll see what his contract is, that will answer them.”


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The Ravens cannot find a common ground with Lamar Jackson

The dynamic former No. 32 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft is taking a risk as he placed a bet on himself and is playing out of his rookie contract. While players like Deshaun Watson and Kyler Murray sign mega contracts, Jackson awaits his.

Sep 18, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks to throw during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

A great possibility of Jackson earning big bucks is on the rise, surely. For now, the Patriots and the Ravens will go head first in Week 3 of the season.


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Neha Joshi

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Neha Joshi is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She is currently pursuing her postgraduate degree in English Literature from R.D National College, Mumbai and has also previously worked as a Graduate Intern at Jacobs.