Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence discusses ideal time to strike an extension

• Trevor Lawrence talked to reporters about the ideal time to get a deal done with the Jaguars.
Dec 24, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 24, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports / Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

With Jared Goff signing a top-market extension, Trevor Lawrence is the next NFL quarterback in line to get paid. He and the Jacksonville Jaguars have been working on an extension, so it may not be long before they make it happen. Lawrence met with the local media after practice and said it would be ideal to get it done soon.

Lawrence told reporters during Organized Team Activities that he's focused on getting better as a player but he's also paid attention to contract talks.

I'm aware of what's going on, but I try to keep my focus on doing my job out here. I have full belief that that will take care of itself and that's not something that I need to worry about," Lawrence said when asked how involved he was in contract negotiations. "That's why I pay people and hire people to do that for me. That's not my job, but I know what's going on. I'm aware of the situation I think that's important too. But yeah, I tried to keep all my focus and energy on being the best player I can be."

Lawrence later said that it would be ideal to strike an extension before the regular season, noting that the sooner they get it done, the faster they can put it behind them.

"I think that would be ideal, just to put it behind us and keep moving. I feel good about that going into training camp, but either way, like I've said before, I do the same job. So I can't always control those factors, but I have the same job to do the way. Of course, that'd be ideal, to get it done as soon as you can and then kind of move forward," Lawrence said.

After 2023, general manager Trent Baalke said that they would get something done at the appropriate time. More recently, head coach Doug Pederson said that Baalke was working tirelessly to strike a deal.

Goff signed a four-year extension worth $212 million in early May. With quarterback salary consistently increasing, it will be in the Jaguars' best interest to pay Lawrence as soon as possible. And based on everything the top brass has said throughout the offseason, there's a strong chance it will happen before the start of the regular season.

The Jaguars will benefit from paying Trevor Lawrence as soon as possible

There have been questions about Trevor Lawrence's viability as a franchise quarterback. Tape guru Greg Cosell argues that he's a top game manager but not much else. Similarly, Judy Battista thinks that this will be the year the former Clemson Tiger shows whether he's a franchise signal-caller.

However, it looks like inside the Jaguars building, there's no doubt Lawrence is the guy. After 2023, Doug Pederson said the star quarterback had a good-not-great season. Later, he said he would like him to cut down on turnovers, but other than that, he's shown unquestionable support for him. Similarly, Trent Baalke has not talked about any potential roadblocks that will prevent Jacksonville from paying Lawrence, so it looks like they're on the right track.

Whether Trevor Lawrence gets paid before the start of the season, he'll prepare the same. But as he said, everyone will benefit (including fellow quarterbacks) if he gets an extension soon.

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