Richard Sherman blames Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen for Lamar Jackson’s stalled contract talks.
There are a lot of people who could be blamed for why Lamar Jackson’s contract negotiations with the Baltimore Ravens have stalled. But former NFL cornerback Richard Sherman has two new suspects: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
Sherman says Mahomes and Allen not asking for fully guaranteed deals when they signed their contract extensions pushed the league backward after Kirk Cousins’ record-setting fully guaranteed deal with the Minnesota Vikings in 2018.
Mahomes ended up signing one of the most team-friendly deals ever in 2020: A 10-year, $450 million contract with $141 million guaranteed. Allen, meanwhile, signed a six-year, $258 million extension in 2021 with $100 million guaranteed.
“What pissed me off is when Kirk Cousins got his guaranteed deal, I thought quarterbacks from then on were gonna be like, ‘If it ain’t guaranteed, I ain’t taking it,’” he said on “The Richard Sherman Podcast.” “Then [Patrick] Mahomes took that bs deal — just 10 years and wanted it to look like half a [billion]. … But when he didn’t set it, then Josh Allen didn’t set it, now Lamar [Jackson]’s trying to set it after Deshaun [Watson]’s already set it. And [team owners] are like, ‘Nah. We ain’t letting that go.'”