QB Lamar Jackson Now Has a Side Hustle Planned Up for Next Season In Case He Doesn’t Land a Spot With the Baltimore Ravens

Published 05/20/2022, 5:15 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: Lamar Jackson of Louisville speaks at the press conference for the 2017 Heisman Trophy Presentation on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson who will play in the fifth-year option is set to become a free agent by the end of the 2022 season. Thus it becomes necessary for both the Ravens and the quarterback to choose their respective futures. However, Jackson seems to have already racked up his plans off the field by starting a restaurant and selling his own branded merchandise.

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The news got public just a few days ago wherein the 26-year-old is trying his hands at various business avenues like other quarterbacks in the pro football league. The Louisville alumnus is eying to become a restaurant owner to fall back on if things go awry in his NFL career. On May 18, trademark attorney Josh Gerben revealed that Lamar Jacksons filed two new trademarks. One for the restaurant and another for a brand logo that resembles his Jersey number.

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CHARLOTTE, NC – JULY 13: Heisman winner, Louisville Cardinal Lamar Jackson during the ACC Football Kickoff on July 13, 2017 at The Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Jim Dedmon/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has filed two new trademarks:
1. PLAY ACTION SOULFOOD AND MORE
2. YOU 8 YET?
The filings indicate that @Lj_era8 intends to open a restaurant using the name and slogan.” Gerben wrote on Twitter.

Moreover, the quarterback also acknowledged the speculation by replying to a Twitter user.

What are the possible reasons behind Lamar Jackson not signing an extension?

First of all, Lamar Jackson doesn’t have an agent to look after his trade or contract talks. He is his own agent. The signal-caller likes to deal with business on his own. So where the discussions are at the moment is unknown territory for the media.

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According to a media outlet, Jackson is currently focusing on the upcoming season and doesn’t want to have any kind of distractions. However, he also affirmed that he would indulge in trade talks once the 2022 season gets over. He will be under a franchise tag in 2023. So if the salary cap increases by 15%, he will receive around $34 million in that season.

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Moreover, his performance is of prime concern, which might be one of the reasons why the franchise is dealing with an extension for the quarterback. He was honored with the MVP award in 2019, but he couldn’t showcase a significant play in the later seasons. With his current skill set, can Jackson manage a contract extension with the Ravens?

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Deepesh Nair

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Deepesh Nair is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having started his career in journalism as a trending news writer, he has published around 500 articles for various media portals. Although Deepesh comes from a Computer Science background, his fondness for writing has persuaded him to create his career in it.

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