Rating the three QBs subsequent up for big-money contracts after Dak Prescott’s monster Dallas deal

Dak Prescott made NFL history this week by securing $ 126 million in guaranteed money as part of his $ 160 million renewal Dallas Cowboys. The quarterback is also now the second highest paid player in his position, just behind him Kansas City Chiefs Superstar Patrick Mahomes. But Dak’s big deal probably won’t be the last of the 2021 off-season.

While the Cowboys waited a long time to jail their previous fourth-round draft pick, a handful of other teams won’t want to pull out inevitable extensions for their own young callers, especially if long-term deals could fall short-term salary cap place at a time , in which teams are struggling with pandemic-related cuts. We consider three QBs in particular: The BrownsBaker Mayfield, the billsJosh Allen, and the RavensLamar Jacksonwho all have rookie contracts that expire after 2021.

All three QBs could potentially be maintained through 2023 without large cash extensions. Each of their respective teams can exercise options for the fifth year as well as potential franchise tags for the following year during this off-season. However, the cheaper route means paying sooner rather than later. And right now, all three QBs from the 2018 Design Class are virtual locks to keep up to date.

With that in mind, who among Mayfield, Allen and Jackson are most likely to get the biggest deal?

Let’s first consider their respective effects after three seasons in the NFL::

  • Number 1 in 2018, Mayfield was by far the trio’s “pedestrian” and suffered a huge drop after a promising rookie year before bouncing back in 2020. But he was also quietly the most productive passerby of the bunch over three years. His arm and size aren’t nearly as mind-blowing as everyone’s, but he leads the group in touchdown passes and yards per game. Mayfield was a rather sturdy game manager for Cleveland’s fatal offense in 2020 and looked far more comfortable.
  • Anyone who finished 7th has seen the most meteoric rise, from boom-or-bust playmaker to legitimate MVP candidate. His talent for overtime will always put his game at risk, but he silenced hordes of critics pre-draft and early career by increasing his accuracy in late 2019 and 2020. An on-site bulldozer leading the trio in a hurry.It’s the safest, most exciting thing the Bills have had its focus on in decades, and it’s debatable whether its cap is the highest of the group.
  • Jackson, who stayed in the draft until No. 32, is the most physically gifted of the group, as his record marks show. Kyler Murray is on the way, but there’s no QB in the NFL who can move like Jackson; Its speed and change of direction can instantly change a game. He also has the best starting record of any QB here by far, although his playoff performances have been a lot less inspiring. The question with Jackson is whether he can consistently find his way to victory.

Here is a breakdown of all three QB numbers by three seasons:

Baker Mayfield


23-22 (1-1)

75 43 241.6 61.9 89.1 437 (4)

Josh Allen


28-15 (2-2)

67 31 220.6 61.8 90.4 1,562 (25)

Lamar Jackson


30-7 (1-3)

68 18th 154.0 64.0 102.6 2,906 (19)

If one thing should be clear, it is that all three are due and big money renewals will almost certainly be received. But this is how we would estimate their chances of actually resetting the market that Mahomes set with its $ 450 million mega-deal in 2020:

3. Baker Mayfield (Browns)

Projected Deal: Four years, $ 134 million ($ 33.5 million per year)

It is the most difficult to project just because its trajectory was less clear. Do / should the Browns want to keep him? Yes. He’s proven in 2020 that he can adapt to various roles at the Center, and he’s got Moxie to point out guard-like duties in Kevin Stefanski’s offense. But should the Browns buy the option, he’s next Russell Wilson? We’re not so sure, and probably not either. A four-year deal would allow both sides to reassess when Mayfield is only 30 years old. An annual average of $ 33.5 million would mark him the fifth or sixth highest paid QB, roughly equivalent or ahead Jared Goff ($ 33.5 million), Aaron Rodgers ($ 33.5 million), Kirk cousins ($ 33 ​​million) and Carson Wentz ($ 32M), but just behind proven QBs like Deshaun Watson ($ 39 million) and Wilson ($ 35 million).

2. Josh Allen (Bills)

Projected Deal: Four years, $ 168 million ($ 42 million a year)

Prescott’s deal has certainly helped everyone who will almost certainly turn in more than $ 40 million per season, considering he’s about three years younger and has better playing ability, let alone a current offer for one AFC title game. The fact that he’s only gotten better each season in the NFL also gives his representation a lot of leverage; What other young QB outside of Mahomes and maybe Watson is on a clearer upward trend to an MVP-level star? Buffalo probably won’t keep up with Mahomes’ annual average, considering Allen still has big playoff games to win, but the money should make him a guaranteed top-3 QB with the highest wages.

1. Lamar Jackson (ravens)

Trying to choose between Allen and Jackson for the next bigger deal is like flipping a coin, and many employees would prefer Allen to walk over Jackson’s legs. To be clear, Allen could very well top this list in terms of new money because in reality he looks more like the whole package during his ascent. But Jackson has a few things in his favor. For one thing, he’s incredibly young; He just turned 24, which means that even a four-year contract would get him back on the market at 28. His athleticism, we have found, is also unparalleled, giving the Ravens one or two of the best pure, transcendent talents in the NFL. For all the hassle he gets for his early playoff starts and inconsistent air numbers, Jackson is closest to Mahomes’ level in terms of physical aptitudes, and that will give him as much leeway – most of it justified – as he evolves .

Projected Deal: Four years, $ 170 million ($ 42.5 million per year)

Ellenton-based Feld Leisure brings Monster Jam to Tampa

Monster Jam: 6 p.m. gates, 7 p.m. show Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. pit party Saturday, 12 p.m. gates, 1 p.m. show Sunday; Raymond James Stadium; 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; $ 20 and up, $ 15 Pit Party; 813-301-2500; monsterjam.com

After a tumultuous 2020 amid the pandemic, Manatee County-based Feld Entertainment has returned to hosting live shows. Now the company will host the closest event to the Ellenton headquarters since its seven-month touring shutdown and take new security measures.

Monster Truck Motorsport Event Monster Jam That Returned end of October With shows in Arlington, Texas, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa will be visited Friday through Sunday, one month after the venue opened the Super bowl. Feld Entertainment, which until then had produced Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus its closure in 2017has also hosted Disney on Ice and Monster Energy Supercross shows in the past few months.

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Jayme Dalsing, Monster Jam’s senior director of global operations, who lives on Lakewood Ranch, said Monster Jam’s first Florida shows since the pandemic are particularly significant.

“It’s great to be home again,” said Dalsing. “We always look forward to the events in Florida, they are some of the most dedicated Monster Jam fans out there. So that we can get back to where we are and have people at a live event for the first time, like a lot of people, in a long time Time is just very encouraging for us. “

According to Dalsing, one of the safety guidelines for spectators is reducing the capacity of the open-air stadium to around 20%. Pod seating, where the parties sit socially away from other groups, and face coverings that are required for those ages two and up when they are not actively eating or drinking. The event will be cashless and contactless shopping for Monster Jam merchandise will be available.

The planned drivers include the three Anderson siblings: Krysten drives the Grave Digger, Adam drives the Megalodon and Ryan drives the Bakugan Dragonoid. Also at the start are the 12-time Monster Jam world champion Tom Meents; reigning Monster Jam World Finals freestyle champion Linsey Read; and Guinness world record holders Bryce Kenny and Bari Musawwir, both on last year’s Discovery Channel special, Monster Jam: Breaking World Records.

The Saturday event will also include a pre-show boxing party, to which attendees can purchase access for an additional fee. Fans can see the £ 12,000 trucks up close, watch live pre-race interviews and participate in Q&A with drivers, receive pre-signed autograph cards, and snap photos.

Last March, Field Entertainment stopped all of its touring productions amid the pandemic and laid off nearly 1,500 employees – 967 spots with its travel shows and 497 spots at its headquarters in Ellenton, according to a state file. Some staff were hired when the shows went back on tour, a Field Entertainment spokesman said in a statement, although a specific number was not given.

“The layoffs and vacations have had an impact on our entire organization, but we’re excited to see the return of live events and return to work,” the statement said. “When our shows return, we are happy to welcome some employees back with them. Feld Entertainment currently employs around 700 people worldwide and we will bring people back when the tours pick up again.”

During the hiatus from spectator events, Feld Entertainment ended its Supercross season without fans and hosted WNBA games at its facility in partnership with the IMG Academy in Bradenton. Jonathan Vaught, senior vice president of production and touring for Feld Entertainment, said both events had experience planning their return to live shows with an audience.

Although Feld Entertainment has now successfully launched multiple productions in various states, it encountered a stumbling block last month. Six remaining performances of Disney on Ice at the Kansas City T-Mobile Center have been suspended following a COVID-19 outbreak among production workers The Kansas City Star.

“The safety and wellbeing of our touring staff, fans and customers are our top priorities here,” said Vaught. “We learned every day that we had live events.”

Some of Feld Entertainment’s other productions, such as Jurassic World Live Tour, Marvel Universe Live! and Sesame Street Live! haven’t announced their return to touring yet. Vaught said they plan to bring the three productions back in the future and expand the tour for the shows that are already on the way, including Monster Jam.

But you also want to be cautious about expanding too quickly too soon, Vaught said, as Feld Entertainment remains on the lookout as an early example of a return to live touring.

“One reason we wanted to get out early was because we felt it was important to get this right,” said Vaught. “We knew we didn’t want to go out too early and not succeed. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and it wasn’t going to be a smooth path, but we wanted out of there and we wanted to make sure the first group was there doing it right outside. “

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