Look: ESPN Reiterates Its Report About Lamar Jackson
The Lamar Jackson contract saga seems to be continuing with no end in sight. Jackson and the Ravens have yet to make significant strides over a deal, and there appears to be one roadblock impeding progress between the two sides.
ESPN is reporting - again - that Jackson wants a fully guaranteed deal. ESPN first reported that Jackson sought a long-term, fully guaranteed contract back in September.
This contradicts a report from ESPN's own Stephen A. Smith, who said on Friday that Jackson never demanded such a deal.
ESPN's Jamison Hensley said on Wednesday that sources tell him Jackson wants a fully guaranteed contract similar to the one given to Deshaun Watson after his trade to the Browns.
Hensley says that the Ravens are reluctant to give Jackson a fully guaranteed deal because they believe Watson's deal to be an exception and not the rule.
It's been said that Jackson's deal will likely reset the quarterback market in the NFL, and if he can convince the Ravens - or another team - to give him a guaranteed deal, that may be the case.
The clock is ticking for Jackson and the Ravens.The sides now have less than a week to get a deal done before the Ravens are going to have to decide whether to apply the franchise tag to Jackson.