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Ed Reed Sends Ominous Warning to Lamar Jackson

Tyler Maher
NFL Hall-of-Famer Ed Reed has a warning for Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson.
NFL Hall-of-Famer Ed Reed has a warning for Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

NFL Hall-of-Famer and Baltimore Ravens legend Ed Reed has a warning for current Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

During a recent interview with The Ringer's Kevin Clark, Reed was asked about Jackson's ongoing contract saga. The former Super Bowl champ had some wise words for Jackson to keep in mind as he plays for his next contract.

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Reed reminded the former MVP that the Ravens -- like every NFL team -- are a business first. If Jackson gets hurt this year, that means less money in his bank account.

Jackson is set to become a free agent next offseason after his contract expires. Baltimore and the 25-year-old signal-caller were unable to come to terms on an extension prior to the season, as he wanted more money than what the Ravens were offering. Baltimore has expressed a public desire to keep him, but at the end of the day it's going to take more than that to get a deal done.

For his part, Jackson is off to a stellar start this season. leading the NFL with 10 passing touchdowns and a 119.0 Quarterback Rating. The Ravens have followed suit, going 2-1 despite a devastating collapse against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. If he keeps it up, Jackson could end up winning a second MVP award. He currently has the second-best NFL MVP odds on FanDuel Sportsbook at +550 after Josh Allen (+300).

Jackson has to be careful, though, as his run-heavy approach makes him more susceptible to injury. He missed the final five games of the 2021 season with an ankle injury, and a serious injury this year could end up costing him millions of dollars.

According to Reed, Jackson needs to focus on taking care of himself on the field and off, even if that means playing a bit more cautiously than he's used to. That might not be what Jackson wants to hear, but it's good advice for a player whose career and livelihood depend on his body.

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