The Russell-Wilson extension is bad news for Lamar Jackson

The Denver Broncos gave Russell Wilson a $245 million five-year extension, but the guarantees pose a problem for Lamar Jackson.

Russell Wilson should be delighted. Lamar Jackson should be subdued.

On Thursday morning, the Denver Broncos agreed on one Five-year, $245 million extension with Wilson, along with $165 million guaranteed. This follows Kyler Murray, who gets the same term but with $230.5 million and $160 million guaranteed.

Why should Jackson care? Because Wilson’s deal is the tiebreaker and trendsetter after Murray’s aforementioned pact and the fully guaranteed $230 million given to Deshaun Watson by the Cleveland Browns.

With Jackson negotiating an extension of his rookie deal with the Baltimore Ravens, the Wilson contract gives Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta valid reason to say Watson’s deal is an anomaly. And if Jackson doesn’t think so and decides to broker his deal on the basis of Watson’s record guarantee, the impasse could be a deal-breaker.

Lamar Jackson can’t be happy with Russell Wilson’s contract

If Jackson wants to make arguments, he’s different than Wilson, here’s the argument: Jackson is 25 years old. While Wilson will turn 34 during the season and will be 40 by the end of overtime. Also, Wilson is known to have never received an MVP vote, while Jackson won the award unanimously in 2019.

The problem? Wilson has also won one Super Bowl and been in another while an eight-time Pro Bowler during his career with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Ravens and Jackson can offer counterpoints for days, but the reality is that Wilson’s guarantees put Baltimore in a stronger position for the upcoming negotiations. The Russell-Wilson extension is bad news for Lamar Jackson

John Verrall

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