When Deshaun Watson signed his massive, fully-guaranteed contract in the 2022 NFL offseason, it was met with scrutiny from across the league.
Not only was this the highest amount of fully guaranteed money in NFL history, but it came amid Watson’s legal battle.
This contract has complicated quarterback negotiations, including the conundrum between the Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson.
Ravens EVP Ozzie Newsome recently commented on the situation, leading to mixed reactions from NFL fans.
Did the #Browns contract with Deshaun Watson complicate things for the Ravens?
"Our owner did say that contract did create some problems! We have to figure out if that's the norm or an outlier."
-Ravens EVP Ozzie Newsome
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On Watson’s contract, Newsome said: “Our owner did say that contract did create some problems.”
Whether Jackson is looking for a similar contract remains to be seen.
What has been revealed, is how fans feel about the situation, and how the Browns’ decision is affecting them.
So basically….the league thought the Browns were dumb https://t.co/zmZR1iKqQ9
— The Reason (@7he_Reason) March 23, 2023
As this fan points out, many around the league have questioned the Browns’ decision, even calling them “dumb.”
The Browns’ contract with Watson has a chance to be impactful on Jackson’s deal.
However, as this fan indicates, organizations see this contract differently.
Of course it did. Teams treat it like the outlier it is, players are trying to use it set a new precedent.
— WhoDatDave (@DavidALeBuff) March 23, 2023
This fan believes that players are making a bigger deal out of Watson’s contract than organizations are, which is causing the disconnect.
Jackson has been a valuable contributor during his time with the Ravens, leading them to a winning record when he has been the starter.
One fan thinks that the Ravens waited too long to sign him, and are now dealing with those repercussions.
If Lamar had gotten extended before everyone got these big paydays, Ravens wouldn't be having this conversation. My motto is simple: you snooze, you lose!!
— Jackson (@cellycell76) March 23, 2023
Whether Jackson ends up on the Ravens in 2023 remains to be seen.
Either way, the next several weeks should provide interesting narratives as this situation continues to play out.NEXT: Ravens Executive Gives Honest Admission About Deshaun Watson Contract