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Josh Allen Contract Extension Sets the Bar for Lamar Jackson & the Ravens

Devon Platana
Josh Allen's contract extension with the Buffalo Bills has set the bar for Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
Josh Allen's contract extension with the Buffalo Bills has set the bar for Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
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The Buffalo Bills made waves on Friday by signing quarterback Josh Allen to a six-year, $258 million contract. The deal includes $150 million guaranteed, the most ever for a single contract in league history.

The Allen deal will now help shape future extensions for quarterbacks around the league in the near future. After all, one young signal-caller who'll be looking for an extension soon is Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson.

Lamar Jackson Contract

Jackson is scheduled to earn $3 million in 2021 and $23 million in 2022 before becoming an unrestricted free agent. In other words, the Ravens don't have that much time to get him locked down for the long-term.

Considering the impact that he's had in his short time on the Ravens, it wouldn't be surprising to see Jackson use Allen's extension as an example when it comes to his own.

Jackson is coming off of a campaign that saw him record 2,757 passing yards for 26 touchdowns to 9 interceptions, compared to Allen who threw for 4,544 yards and 37 TDs to 10 INTs. However, the advantage goes to Jackson on the ground as he finished the season with 1,005 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns while Allen had 421 and 8, respectively.

That's not even to mention how the Bills QB doesn't have any individual accolades beyond making the Pro Bowl and being named second-team All-Pro in 2020. Meanwhile, Jackson was the 2019 NFL MVP and passing touchdowns leader in addition to him being first-team All-Pro.

Jackson can add to his case for a massive extension by helping the Ravens have another successful campaign this year. Baltimore currently has +1400 odds to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, which ranks tied for fifth.


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