Lamar Jackson was absent from the Baltimore Ravens OTA's this week, drawing a reaction from Pro Football Talk co-host Chris Simms, who ripped the All-Pro quarterback for skipping the team's voluntary workouts.
"Brady wouldn't be missing OTAs in year four of his career," Simms said on ProFootballTalk. "Brady didn't miss an OTA until he had played in four Super Bowls... From the football standpoint, I just don't get it."
Well, Jackson heard what the former NFL QB had to say about his absence from OTAs and directly roasted Simms on Twitter, telling him to "find something else to talk about."
"Lamar wants to be Lamar Chris. This part of OTAs is Voluntary my Guy I will be there, just not on your watch it’s probably other QBs not attending Voluntary OTAs either but since it’s Lamar it’s a huge deal. Find something else to talk about," the former league MVP wrote.
Well, it turns out that Jackson is right, he isn't the only notable quarterback not attending their teams' voluntary workouts.
Super Bowl Champs and future Hall of Famers Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers were both not in attendance at their team's OTA's, as well as Kyler Murray, who is also M.I.A. as he's in an ongoing contract dispute with the Cardinals.
Murray's situation mirrors Jackson's current status in Baltimore. This year, Jackson is scheduled to play on a player option in the final year of his rookie contract (getting paid $23 million in 2022). That means he has no long-term protection against injury – which is a big risk for a running quarterback.
The Ravens have expressed that they're ready and willing to negotiate with Jackson, who still represents himself without the assistance of an agent.
Jackson won the 2019 NFL MVP award and has led the Ravens to the playoffs in three of the last four years. He is looking for a bounce-back season after an ankle injury in Week 14 forced him to miss the remainder of the year and saw the Ravens miss the postseason for the first time since Jackson's arrival.
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