For months, it’s been the elephant within the room for the Ravens. Baltimore has completed nearly all the pieces in its energy, as a result of actions imply greater than any phrases out of John Harbaugh’s mouth, to anger and agitate star quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens haven’t dedicated long-term to Jackson because the cornerstone of their franchise, with a number of different sign callers of comparable worth receiving that go-ahead across the NFL. Jackson believes in his worth and desires a group to be on the identical web page, Appeal Metropolis or not. Sunday’s signing of Odell Beckham Jr. to a one-year contract doesn’t change how a lot the Ravens have completed for Jackson this offseason one iota.
Don’t let the shiny new weapon idiot you. What group that may commerce for Jackson wouldn’t have at the least one strong receiver he’d love throwing to? The Ravens doing the naked minimal by giving Jackson higher choices on the surface doesn’t give him any extra coin. Beckham will make $15 million assured with one other doable $3 million in incentives, per a number of studies, so Baltimore normal supervisor Eric DeCosta has no drawback spending cash, simply not sufficient to maintain his top-tier quarterback comfortable. Sure, photographs emerged Sunday night time of Jackson and Beckham partying together at a nightclub (though Lamar seems like he’d slightly be at house asleep) and the duo on FaceTime as teammates. Nothing says “skilled divorce” like not being given the identical love by your employer. Beckham is locked in for a 12 months. Jackson is presently under the franchise tag, about $20 million much less per season than the top quarterbacks within the league make.
I’m not saying Jackson deserves Patrick Mahomes-level cash. Tlisted below are two Tremendous Bowl rings between the 2 of them, and neither belongs to Jackson. Getting what the previous Heisman Trophy and Louisville legend is due is one other story. What number of groups within the NFL wouldn’t have an upgrade at quarterback by buying Jackson? To place it merely, a hefty majority of the league’s franchises would be higher with Jackson than with out him.
The OBJ-Jackson pairing doesn’t have to increase past this 12 months. I’m positive Jackson has some loyalty to the one NFL group he’s ever performed for and sincerely needs to make issues work with the Ravens. What willingness has the group’s entrance workplace proven to make it work with him? Bringing in Beckham is a wise transfer for the franchise on a couple of fronts, however staying out of Jackson’s ire isn’t one among them. This simply kicks the can down the street much more. It’s good to have hope that this can all finish fortunately for Jackson and the Ravens, with a reunion as satisfying as Harrison Ford and Ke Huy Quan, however how does Beckham becoming a member of the group in the end transfer the needle? It doesn’t. Jackson wants his bag, and a pleasant offensive complement doesn’t change the truth that his bag continues to be missing.
Beckham hasn’t made a Professional Bowl since 2016. He’s proven indicators of being one of many recreation’s elite extensive receivers as soon as once more however hasn’t really been the dominant pass-catcher that endeared himself to NFL followers in years. His potential is thru the roof and Jackson cracked greater than a smile via his telephone on the considered teaming up and the duo elevating each other. Whether or not we really see each sporting purple on the similar time isn’t a certainty and that speaks to how a lot the Ravens have mismanaged Jackson. Sunday was a very good day for Ravens followers, solely within the context of how dangerous the final a number of dozen earlier than which have been with a star quarterback eager to take his highlight away from Baltimore.