As you know, we are fascinated by the possibility that commanders are hiding A chance to pounce on Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. With Baltimore using the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson, any other team could (as of today) talk to Jackson and sign him to an offer sheet.
commanders, coincidentally (or not), made about $10 million In additional cap space on Sunday, by signing a franchise-tagged defensive tackle Daron Payne to a long-term deal. He now has the ability to make a play for Jackson.
The Ravens also have the ability to match any offer sheet. The question becomes whether the Commanders will actually give Jackson a five-year, fully guaranteed contract – and whether the Ravens will reluctantly exercise their right to replace Washington.
We give reason Why is it appropriate for Washington to do so? One question that a few people posted pertains to the funding rule. Will Snyder be able or willing to write a massive check for the money, which will be paid to the contractual guarantor as an official?
But here’s the key. Escrow payment will not be billed until March 31, 2024. If Snyder sold the team by then, the buyer would be the one paying that bill.
Others have asked whether this will affect the sale price of the Commanders. Given the fact that the NFL has both a salary cap and a salary floor, player payroll dollars will be spent. And if getting the team means inheriting a huge contract with rare talent, so be it. The new owner will find a way to bring that complexity to bear.
Book value and other mathematical wizardry aside, NFL franchises are worth whoever will pay for them — and the assets are steadily appreciating. With NFL teams rarely available to buy, the existence of a fully guaranteed contract for a franchise quarterback won’t hinder any effort by Washington to land Lamar.
Ultimately, the biggest obstacle may be Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. Will that match the absolutely guaranteed offering made by Snyder, simply because it’s Snyder? Beyond the general bitterness and rancor that many owners have for Snyder, the fully-guaranteed, five-year offer letter from the Commanders will give Biscotti cover with partners who may be angry at Biscotti this year as they head to the Browns. The owner was in Jimmy Haslam. In 2022.
If Dan Snyder signs Lamar Jackson, key escrow payment won’t be due until 2024 originally appeared pro football talk