Lamar Jackson’s contract conundrum with the Baltimore Ravens has been a hot-button topic throughout sports media.
While it was initially covered by channels and analysts that are primarily known for their NFL takes, a former basketball star has expressed his opinions as well.
In a recent interview on The Really Big Show in Cleveland, Barkley had this to say about Jackson.
“They’re not going to let you screw up their business model, Barkley said, “you’ve got to take the best deal.”
Charles Barkley has plenty of opinions. He shared some today about Lamar Jackson. https://t.co/Yss7OKVUko
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 18, 2023
If recent reporting is correct, the Ravens have given Jackson a revised contract, which includes a large amount of guaranteed money.
It appears that the ball is back in Jackson’s court, who hasn’t made any public comments about the contract since this news broke.
Barkley’s advice to Jackson is that he should take the best deal that he is presented with.
Others have chimed in on the other side of the issue, saying that Jackson should hold out for more guaranteed cash.
Ultimately, if Jackson decides that he doesn’t want to play on the franchise tag, he doesn’t have to.
However, if he chooses to sit out the 2023 campaign, Jackson could forfeit significant future capital as well.
This situation appears to be a catch-22 for Jackson, and it will likely continue to be a highly-debated topic for the coming weeks.
Will Jackson heed Barkley’s advice, taking the best deal that the Ravens put on the table?
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