Lamar Jackson Signs Rookie Contract Without an Agent


Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract Tuesday morning, and he did it without an agent.

The No. 32-overall pick in this year's draft signed a four-year deal with a fifth-year option, which is the NFL's standard for first-round picks.

The team does not release the financial details of its contracts.

Jackson worked with his mother, Felicia Jones, on the deal. Jackson has previously called her his manager (not agent), and said he would have a lawyer look over his rookie contract.

"I know coming in as a rookie, agents don’t really negotiate anything," Jackson said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "You're going to get the salary you're going to get. I decided I don't need them. He's going to be taking a big cut of my paycheck anyway, and I feel like I deserve it right now."

The latest collective bargaining agreement, negotiated in 2011, implemented a rookie salary system that took much of the guesswork out of the rookie contract negotiations and allocated funds previously allotted to rookies to veterans and retirees.

The Ravens' only remaining unsigned draft pick is tight end Hayden Hurst, who was Baltimore's first selection at No. 25 overall.

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