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Long-term contract for Lamar? Ravens should be cautious | READER COMMENTARY

In this May 18, 2019 file photo, Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis swings for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
In this May 18, 2019 file photo, Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis swings for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) (Tony Dejak/AP)

There was a recent article in The Baltimore Sun that reported the Ravens are considering offering Lamar Jackson a contract extension with one more year on his rookie contract (”Ravens release backup QB Robert Griffin III after three years,” Jan. 18). I would caution the decision makers not to put the Ravens in the same position that the Orioles have done with their Chris Davis decision.

While Lamar Jackson has been spectacular many times over the past three seasons, he has not proven himself in playoff games. Not many football games are won 3 to 0.

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The no-salary-cap nature of Major League Baseball allows the Orioles to still hire competent major league players to put a competitive team on the field for their fans to enjoy — although that’s a decision ownership has chosen not to make.

With the salary cap in the NFL, a bad contract decision at the quarterback position will have dire consequences for years to come and is not easily rectified.

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Based on Lamar’s inconsistent performances over his three seasons, it is reasonable for the Ravens to allow him to prove himself under his present contract as a consistent performer and adequate passer before awarding a long term contract.

Ken Gelbard, Baltimore

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