Former Ravens quarterback and current NFL commentator Robert Griffin III supports longtime teammate Lamar Jackson, proving he deserves a hefty extension.
Robert Griffin III has never failed to show his support of Lamar Jackson, both as his former Baltimore Ravens teammate and now as an NFL analyst with a significant platform.
Earlier this summer, RGIII called out the two anonymous NFL defensive coordinators who criticized the play of both Jackson and Patrick Mahomes.
Now, RGIII wants to make sure NFL fans give the same love to Jackson as they’ve given Mahomes after the Chiefs’ electric Week 1 performance.
Griffin tweeted a video of Jackson throwing a touchdown and said, “Give this Lamar NO LOOK TD the same love you give Patrick Mahomes.”
Jackson is indeed asking for a hefty extension. He’s currently on a four-year contract worth roughly $9.5 million, and he reportedly turned down a five-year extension offer worth over $250 million with a guaranteed $133 million at signing.
According to ESPN, “the extension years in the Ravens’ proposal would have paid Jackson a higher average salary than the deals signed this summer by Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson and Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and also included more money guaranteed at signing, according to sources.”
The prospective deal was certainly a massive one, and the fact that he turned it down insinuates he’s looking for an even bigger one. Griffin makes the comparison to Patrick Mahomes, who has the largest contract in NFL history. Mahomes’ contract is worth $450 million.
Jackson hasn’t seen the same success as Mahomes, but he is a franchise quarterback and NFL MVP winner who has earned a big payday.
Robert Griffin III compares Lamar Jackson to Patrick Mahomes
Still, Mahomes is undoubtedly the better quarterback. Since being drafted by the Chiefs in 2017, he’s averaged a completion percentage of 66.3 and has completed 19,351 passing yards, 156 touchdowns and just 37 interceptions. Mahomes also won NFL MVP a year before Jackson, becoming the first player in Chiefs history to do so.
Over Jackson’s slightly shorter NFL career, he’s averaged a completion percentage of 63.9 and has completed 10,180 passing yards, 83 touchdowns and just 32 interceptions.
Jackson may not have seen the same success as Mahomes, but the quarterback market has changed quite a bit since Mahomes signed a ten-year deal to stay in Kansas City. Jackson should argue for all that he can get, while RGIII remains one of the biggest advocates of what Jackson can do on the field.