Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is good, but he’s still not anywhere close to being the quarterback that Patrick Mahomes is for the KC Chiefs.
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Unless you have been living under a rock, which let’s be honest – a lot of us have for the last few months – then you are probably up to date on the ginormous contract that was signed by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and possible alien from another planet or mythical creature known as Patrick Mahomes.
I’m sure that such news even reached those who have taken up residence under any rocks in the greater Kansas City area. So far in my short few years as a passionate and obsessive sports fan, I have yet to see news met with such universal joy and acceptance.
Indeed everyone I have spoken to about the deal was thrilled that Mahomes would be the Chiefs quarterback for the near and distant future (except for fans of other AFC west teams of course) and even non-Chiefs fans were thrilled to see such a generational talent get the pay day he deserved.
However, even from such a unanimously happy occasion, there will always be a small amount of fallout, no matter how minimal it might be. The Patrick Mahomes contract has left other quarterbacks, who believe themselves to be the future of their franchises, raising their eye brow and looking over at their team and saying, “OK, you see what he got? So where is mine?”
A couple of different quarterbacks come to mind when discussing this topic, of course Dak Prescott and the Cowboys never leave the headlines or the mouths of ESPN pundits, but today I am actually talking about defending league MVP Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens.
When I received the first notification from CBS Sports, that rumblings had begun in the sports world about Jackson receiving his own pay day I thought to myself, “Good for him, he deserves it.”
When I received a notification that his own team mate Mark Ingram said that he should receive a contract equal to or more than Mahomes’ own contract, I thought to myself “Uh oh, OK, time to nip this in the bud.”
Listen, first of all, I am not throwing any shade at Jackson whatsoever. I have been watching Jackson since his Heisman days at Louisville, and felt genuine remorse for him as I watched him sit in his green suit at the 2018 NFL Draft and not get drafted until the 32nd pick and feeling that he was certainly underrated and overlooked.
I have come to his defense when debating with other sports fans who say that he is nothing but a running back playing quarterback. I have been supportive of what appears to be the beginning of a stunning career (as long as he isn’t facing my Chiefs) and truly and honestly wish him the absolute best. He will end up being one of the marquee quarterbacks in this league, that all being said, now I must say all this as well.
Jackson is one of the best, if not the best, human quarterbacks in the NFL right now. Unfortunately for Jackson, Mahomes is not human.