Saints’ Tyrann Mathieu reacts to Ravens using franchise tag on Lamar Jackson: ‘Feel some kind of way about it’
The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson failed to come to an agreement on a long-term extension. As a result, the team placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson on Tuesday.
Jackson is now worth $32.41 million for next season. Jackson, who is not represented by an agent, can now talk to other NFL teams starting next week.
But, Tyrone Mathieu, aka The Honey Badger, took to Twitter to express his displeasure about the ongoing situation in Baltimore.
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In a tweet, the 30-year-old Saints safety questioned why Jackson was being treated in what he believes was a disrespect.
“When was the last time a league MVP was so disrespected? I have some kind of feeling about it – and don’t tell me what he was offered, show me!!!”
Another NFL defensive back, Philadelphia Eagles five-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay, agreed with Mathieu’s assessment of the situation.
“The facts!!!” Slay wrote in response to Matthew.
Mathieu’s team is no longer in the running for Jackson, as the Saints opted to sign veteran quarterback Derek Carr to a four-year contract on Monday.
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Shortly after, the Ravens announced that they would use the non-exclusive tag on the former NFL MVP. ESPN’s Diana Russini It has been reported that the Falcons will not pursue Jackson this offseason.
Other reports surfaced Tuesday that listed the Panthers, Raiders, Commanders and Dolphins as other teams not interested in the star quarterback’s services.
The long and drawn-out situation between the Ravens and Jackson has been riddled with speculation and confusion. Recently retired defensive lineman JJ Watt was among those upset by the latest development in the Jackson saga.
“Why are all these teams publicly ‘out’ on Lamar Jackson, an MVP winner at the most important position in the entire NFL?” Watt asked on Twitter. What am I missing here?
Multiple teams aggressively pursued quarterback Deshaun Watson last offseason even as he faced multiple civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct.
The Cleveland Browns ultimately decided to send three first-rounders and several mid-round picks to the Texans before giving Watson an unprecedented five-year extension worth $230 million guaranteed.
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Jackson is reportedly seeking a fully guaranteed contract comparable to Watson’s landmark deal. But, team owners seem tired of making fully guaranteed deals the new normal in the NFL.