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Report: Ravens have offered Lamar Jackson more than Kyler Murray received

Lamar Jackson wants a new contract from the Ravens before the 2022 NFL season gets going in September, but negotiations may keep dragging as he continues to operate without an agent.

The 2019 MVP could, if he wants, make more more than the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported during Sunday night’s Ravens-Cardinals pregame show that Baltimore has offered quarterback Lamar Jackson more money than the Cardinals have agreed to pay to quarterback Kyler Murray. Glazer adds that the five-year, fully-guaranteed contract given by the Browns to quarterback Deshaun Watson complicates matters.

Murray has a new-money average on a five-year extension of $46.1 million. But Murray is signed for seven years in all. Watson’s deal pays out $46 million per year over five years, all of which is fully guaranteed.

To get Jackson to $46.2 million per year on a five-year, new-money deal, they’d need to sign him to a six-year, $254 million contract, since he’s due to make $23.016 million this season.

Glazer also called it an “uphill battle” to get a deal done, given that Jackson represents himself.

The battle ends soon. Jackson has said he wants a new deal before the regular season begins. In two weeks, the Ravens will begin intensive preparations for their Week One game against the Jets.