After a rather quiet regular season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2020, Lamar Jackson announced his arrival in the post-season with a dazzling display.
The reigning NFL MVP put in a stellar display as the Ravens knocked Tennessee Titans out of the Playoffs last weekend. The AFC North big boys will go up against an in-form Buffalo Bills outfit led by another young up-and-coming quarterback, Josh Allen.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Jackson was under immense pressure to silence his doubters. He did precisely that as he went 17 of 24, throwing for 179 yards. On 16 carries, Jackson had 136 yards.
He also had a 49-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter to level the scores with the Titans. This was the second-longest rushing touchdown in NFL Playoff history behind Colin Kaepernick’s 56-yard Blitzer against the Green Bay Packers in 2012.
As per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Jackson will soon be rewarded for his consistent displays. The former Heisman Trophy winner is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2021.
The Ravens will obviously activate their 5th-year extension option. But Jackson could be in line for a big paycheck, sooner rather than later.
“The focus today of course is going to be on the field, but in the offseason, the focus for the Baltimore Ravens could be at the bank.
“From what I understand, the team is open to a big-time contract extension for star quarterback Lamar Jackson. In fact, expect them to explore this in the offseason, likely in this spring or early in the summer.
“He’s got one year left on his deal, they’re going to pick up the fifth-year option and this is a team that is always open to early deals if it benefits both sides.
“Expect them to look at that here interesting note Lamar Jackson still represents himself,” Rapoport said earlier today.
Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1,000+ yards in multiple seasons. It remains to be seen how much he will be offered to commit his long-term future to the Ravens.
But we expect the amount to be in the Patrick Mahomes – Deshaun Watson contract extensions ballpark.