Lamar Jackson finished off the 2020 offseason with a bang. Topping The NFL Network’s Top 100 list, the Ravens’ quarterback is currently on his way to his first MVP title. But he is not being appropriately compensated for his prowess money-wise.
While Patrick Mahomes signed his 10-year, $503-million contract just recently, Lamar Jackson will earn just $1,341 million. It’s a fair bit of money, but for a player of his caliber, he is definitely being underpaid.
When asked about Mahomes’ deal, Jackson always gives a similar response. His sole focus lies on winning the Super Bowl and proving himself. Lamar’s standards are exceptionally high, but that’s what makes him such an exceptional player.
Jackson’s rookie contract ends in 2021, but he isn’t worried about the money. Convinced that “the money will come” if he plays well, he continues to work on his skills. Jackson talks about developing his deep throws and the ability to analyze the defense of the opposing team.
Jackson Is Not Mahomes
The comparison is inescapable. Mostly this is because the two players are different. Jackson relies on speed and agility that is simply unprecedented in the current NFL. Mahomes boasts an exceptional arm talent.
Looking at the long-term scenario, Mahomes seems to be a wiser investment overall. Those heavily depending on physicality tend to lose form sooner than those who focus on different strategies.
Still, it’s just a matter of time before Jackson becomes an insanely high-paid player as he still has enough years to carry his team to the trophies – multiple times.
Jackson is focused on winning. His low salary is actually helpful in that regard. Making for just 1% of the Ravens’ salary cap, he leaves more room to spend on strengthening the roster. It will make the team stronger overall, thus making it easier to take advantage of Lamar’s talent to win games.
Who is better in your opinion Jackson or Mahomes?
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