The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team with a great quarterback. Most teams in the National Football League can't say that.
They struck gold when they made the first overall pick in 2021 and selected Trevor Lawrence. Year one had some bumps and bruises but it was clear that he's a star by the end of year two.
Now, it is fair to wonder what his next contract is going to look like. The Jaguars are still a little bit away from having to get that done but it comes fast.
On Tuesday, a reminder of how that is coming came across the newsfeed. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert signed a five-year deal worth 262.5 million dollars. It has 133.7 million in guarantees and 193.7 million in injury guarantees.
Obviously, that is a great deal for him. He now has generational health and he deserves it for being one of the best (and most impactful) players in the NFL.
The Jaguars are going to have to pay Trevor Lawrence at some point.
The thing is, Lawrence has an even higher ceiling than Herbert and he already beat him in a playoff game one time. You'd think he is going to get paid more.
Herbert's contract is more than Lamar Jackson who signed a big contract earlier in the off-season so setting the current market seems to be the theme.
Guys get paid more when they are the next one up, especially if they are a tad bit better or right around the same. Neither of these guys is Patrick Mahomes but they are one tier below. Joe Burrow's next contract will be very telling as well (he was the number-one pick in 2020).
Yes, it would be nice to see the Jaguars make a deep playoff run before a big contract kicks in for Lawrence.
However, the fact that they are going to have to pay him is also nice because that means he is worth it. This is a very good quarterback that is just scratching the surface of his potential.
Hopefully, the 2023 season sees him (and everybody else) reach their true potential because that will mean the team is winning.