Predicting AFC North QB situations for the 2022 NFL season
Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson
Does anybody else find it the least bit interesting that Lamar Jackson is currently slated to play the 2022 season on his fifth-year rookie option, and nothing is solidified beyond that?
How many teams have young MVPs at the quarterback position that do not get locked into long-term contracts?
Jackson is coming off of his worst year as a pro, playing in just 12 games and throwing 16 touchdowns compared to 13 interceptions. He still ran for a pair of touchdowns as well, but Jackson’s interception percentage more than doubled from his MVP season in 2019.
His touchdown percentage as a passer was less than half of what it was despite the fact that he played way more games and threw way more passes in 2019.
What are we to make of all this?
For the time being, probably nothing. Jackson will make over $25 million in 2022 on his contract option and the Ravens have franchise tags after that if need be.
Based on the trends in production lately, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Ravens hold out on a long-term deal with Jackson. Given how the 2021 season went injury-wise, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Jackson hold out, either.
Good news for the Ravens, Tyler Huntley played and looked good as Jackson’s backup in 2021. He will be a fail-safe option for them in 2022 again.