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Trevor Lawrence Signs Five-Year Mega Extension With Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence
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Trevor Lawrence Signs Five-Year Mega Deal With Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence had an off year with the Jaguars. However, nothing deterred the franchise to paying him handsomely. Earlier today, he signed a five-year extension worth a whopping $275 million. He will remain the face of the franchise in Jacksonville for the foreseeable future. Ian Rappoport confirmed the news earlier today:

After a brutal rookie year under center for the Urban Meyer disaster, Lawrence has shown some steady improvements. He is not quite at the level of an upper-echelon starter like past #1 picks, clearly. However, it’s nice to see Doug Pederson and company believe he can turn into that. In 2022 and 2023, the former Clemson prodigy put up a 65.9% passing completion to go with 46 touchdowns and 22 picks. He totaled 8,113 passing yards with a QBR of 56.1. These are not eye-popping numbers, but they are enough to put a historic investment into for a team that’s had nothing but struggles under center for a while.

There is a strong argument as to why we should be patient in allowing Lawrence to continue his development as an NFL quarterback. As a Giants fan, I believe the comparisons to Daniel Jones are uncalled for and honestly not rational. The Jaguars have long been a meh-caliber franchise. As they try to climb out of mediocrity, investing in him and letting him turn elite is the way that becomes possible. Obviously, that does not happen overnight. Trev showed signs of the dominant potential we saw at Clemson for years. The Jags are hoping he can establish a relationship with former LSU receiver Brian Thomas after drafting him in the first round this year. Remember, they play in a pretty wide open NFC South (with the Texans as the top dogs until proven otherwise).

Diving Into Dollars

When you put this deal in perspective it is very eye-opening. It’s identical to the deal Joe Burrow signed with Cincinnati so the $55 million AAV ties Lawrence with him as the highest-paid QB in the NFL per season. It just edges out Jared Goff‘s big raise with the Lions as he makes $53 million a year. His counting stats and resume are obviously not quite to the level of those two. However, he is the youngest of the three and still has hopefully a lot of room to grow.

At this point, credit to them for getting ahead of it because should he have a very big year and this not been in place who knows what he could be asking for next year. The term is manageable at five years and should fit in nicely as revenue and cap ceilings increase. On the field things could move in the right direction for Jacksonville with this matter put to bed.

Trevor Lawrence is the latest young quarterback to get a boatload of money. If things don’t change, imagine what someone like CJ Stroud could end up earning?

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