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In light of Patrick Mahomes' extension, which DMV athletes would we give a 10-year contract to?

In light of Patrick Mahomes' extension, which DMV athletes would we give a 10-year contract to?

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sent shockwaves through the sports world on Monday when he agreed to a 10-year extension with Kansas City. Mahomes' contract is worth a maximum value of $503 million -- the richest deal in sports history.

So, in light of the passer's lucrative deal, NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum and Ethan Cadeaux took a look at one athlete from every DMV professional team they would give a 10-year deal to.

Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal

During the 2019-20 season, Beal emerged as an All-NBA-type player putting up outstanding numbers and a 30.5-point average. But not only is he great by himself, he’s also a dynamic player that fits with other stars on the floor. Entering the prime of his career, extending Beal well into his thirties will lock up an All-Star in the nation’s capital with a relatively light injury history. It will keep Washington a playoff threat and could lure other top-level talent to the district.

-Byrum

Washington Capitals: Jakub Vrana

The Capitals guard is aging, and aging quickly with Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Braden Holtby all north of 30. Evgeny Kuznetsov is already locked-up until 2025, so next up is the 23-year-old Vrana who has combined for 99 points over the past two years. 

-Byrum

Washington Nationals: Juan Soto

Giving Soto a 10-year deal is the most realistic of any name on this list. In recent years, we've seen stars such as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Mike Trout all sign lucrative deals for a decade-plus. Soto is already one of the brightest young stars in the MLB and just turned 21 this past October. Washington still has multiple years of club control now, but it may be wise to lock him up long-term before it's too late.

-Cadeaux

Washington Redskins: Terry McLaurin

This decision came down to McLaurin and No. 2 overall pick Chase Young, but the player who already has shown success at the NFL level gets the nod here. Despite a revolving QB room, McLaurin was exceptional as a rookie in 2019, finishing just eight yards short of the team's rookie receiving yards record. With consistent QB play, there's no telling how good McLaurin could be.

-Cadeaux

Washington Nationals: Trea Turner

Locking up position players long-term is not a typical practice of the Nationals. Aside from Soto, though, Turner is another obvious option. In five MLB seasons, he has a .291 average with 63 home runs, 159 stolen bases and a 14.1 WAR. A solid hitter with a strong burst bodes well for him to have a long career, with numbers similar to former Red Sox Dustin Pedroia. It will be easier to sign him now on a friendly deal than to re-up year after year before he explodes for a season similar to 2018.

-Byrum

Washington Mystics: Elena Delle Donne

Sure, she turns 31 this year – and hypothetically would be 41 at the end of this exercise – but her age 29 season was the best of her career. She continues to elevate her game as the years go by. Besides, in the WNBA stars push into their forties. Sue Bird (39) and Diana Taurasi (38) are suiting up this year and there is barely a let up in their games. Even if there is a fall-off late in her career, she will have Washington a title contender for a better part of a decade. 

-Byrum

Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson

Jackson is coming off an MVP season and has already cemented himself as one of the league's best quarterbacks. Should he parlay his exceptional 2019 season into an even better 2020, Jackson could find himself in the ballpark of Mahomes' contract come next offseason.

-Cadeaux

D.C. United: Paul Arriola

The 25-year old has been a staple of D.C. United lineup since arriving at the club in 2017. Although he recently ruptured his ACL, he's still the best player on United and the only one that's worth the consideration of a lengthy deal like this.

-Cadeaux

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Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti makes $1 million donation to local social justice reform programs

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti makes $1 million donation to local social justice reform programs

The Baltimore Ravens, along with the Steve and Renee Bisciotti Foundation, announced on Monday a $1 million joint-donation will be going to 28 local charities promoting racial equality. 

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti pledged to make this donation a week after George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minnesota. 

The Ravens formed a committee with five players -- Justin Tucker, Morgan Cox, Marlon Humphrey, Matthew Judon and Ronnie Stanley -- and former wide receiver Torrey Smith in order to decide which Baltimore-area organizations would receive funding. 

“When you talk about social justice, there are many different issues -- from education, to criminal justice reform, to health," Smith said through a Ravens release. "There are so many avenues the players could have chosen, so they really spread it out among a lot of different grassroots organizations. This is just the beginning of trying to figure out as many ways to collaborate with the people in the city who are doing great things to help change Baltimore for the better."

For Stanley, his status as a professional athlete in America's biggest sporting league makes him 

“I’m passionate about this, knowing the position I’m in and how blessed I am to be in a position to help people. I’m not going to forget about the people who are dealing with things that aren’t fair. We have an opportunity to help make the world a better place, and I want to take advantage of that," Stanley said in the Ravens statement.

“There are so many places in society that racism has affected. It really starts with people’s mentalities and how they’ve been raised and taught," continued Stanley. "The biggest thing for me is educating people about their own misconceptions and stereotypes, helping them understand the root behind these stereotypes and why the black community is where it is today. It has everything to do with American history.”

For a full list of the 28 organizations receiving money, click here

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Lamar Jackson is only focused on one thing after his MVP season: Winning a Super Bowl

Lamar Jackson is only focused on one thing after his MVP season: Winning a Super Bowl

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson deserved every single one of the votes he earned a year ago when he was unanimously voted the NFL's Most Valuable Player.

Jackson electrified in 2019, leading the NFL in passing touchdowns with 36 while shattering the sport's single-season QB rushing yards record with over 1,200 yards on the ground. He led Baltimore to a 14-2 record and the top seed in the AFC before the Ravens were upset by the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs.

On an individual level, there's not much Jackson can do in 2020 to top his personal success in 2019. Well, it's a good thing the QB is not focused on his individual accolades.

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews -- Jackson's top target from 2019 -- spoke to local media on Monday and said that Jackson's only goal for an encore to his MVP season is leading Baltimore to a Super Bowl.

"His biggest goal is to win a Super Bowl. That's his biggest thing," Andrews said. 

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After Jackson's remarkable 2019 campaign, it would be easy for the success he's had to get in his head. But according to Andrews, it's been nothing like that at all for the rising third-year QB.

"There's no superstardom coming from Lamar. Lamar is Lamar, and that's something that we all love about him," Andrew said. "That's something we can kind of relate to, that his head is not too big and it will never get too big, because he's down to earth."

While the Super Bowl is a lofty goal, it's a realistic one for Jackson and the Ravens. But for now, in August, left tackle Ronnie Stanley thinks Jackson should just focus on getting a little better each day, and the rest will work itself out in the long run.

"Just not try to make these tremendous leaps. Everyone kind of tries to put that pressure on you," Stanley said on advice for Jackson following his MVP season. "Just go in every day just trying to get a little bit better. Just keep that focus that, ‘I’m going to get better at this today.’ And just focus on that; not thinking every day that you have to be the perfect person or perfect player, because I feel like guys can get too ahead of themselves."

Entering the 2020 season, Jackson and the Ravens' disappointing performance in the playoffs is what many remembers from their 2019 season. The 14-2 record and overall regular season success are overshadowed by the early playoff exit.

That loss has stuck with Jackson, too, and it's motivated him this entire offseason.

"He's the best player I've ever been around, and he works hard," Andrews said. "So I think you're going to see an even more polished and even more ready Lamar than you saw last year. That sounds almost unbelievable, but the guy is incredible and he's a winner."

And while the expectations for Baltimore in 2020 are as high as they come, Andrews knows Jackson won't change his demeanor to try and accomplish them.

"Lamar is Lamar, man. He's never going to change who he is," Andrews said.

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