Naysayers continue to point out that he’s only won one out of four playoff games and averaged only 10.66 points on those losses.
But since he joined the Ravens in 2018, they’ve made the postseason three out of four times.
In those campaigns, the Ravens had double-digit wins.
He also won league MVP honors in 2019 while leading the Ravens to a 14-2 record.
Jackson also became the first quarterback in NFL history to have multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
A quick look at his performance last season proves that the Ravens are better off with him.
The former Louisville standout had to play at an MVP level just to give his team a chance to win every week.
Unfortunately, his injury, along with those of other key players made them miss the playoffs.
Yet despite that setback, there’s no question that the Ravens must re-sign Jackson to an extension because it’s tough to get a top quarterback on the market.
However, talks regarding his new deal haven’t started even if Jackson is already playing on a fifth-year option worth $23 million.
Perhaps Jackson is focusing on his health and his game shape before sitting at the negotiating table
However, NBC Sports’ Warren Sharp shared a theory on why the contract talks with Jackson are still up in smoke.
what in the world
the Ravens owner believes Lamar doesn’t think he’s worthy of a big contract unless he wins a Super Bowl? pic.twitter.com/C2x6LfdBk6
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 30, 2022
Interpreting Steve Bisciotti’s Statement
Does the Ravens owner really think that Jackson isn’t worth the big bucks?
His passing stats may not be up there, but it’s his mobility that makes him an asset on the field.
But in some ways, maybe Jackson will pull a Tom Brady and sign a contract below his market value.
That way, the Ravens will have cap flexibility to sign players that will help them win a Super Bowl.
Besides, there’s no rush in talking to Jackson because he doesn’t have an agent.
Therefore, he can agree to a lower deal since there’s no agent that will get a portion of his salary.
Likewise, letting Jackson work at his pace might be the best approach to have him back.