Lamar Jackson Tweets “I NEED $” But Is That A Shot Fired At The Baltimore Ravens’ Negotiations?

Lamar Jackson is a dynamic quarterback and probably the most exciting player in the NFL. Fans need to understand that the 24-year-old star still has space for growth as a quarterback. Image (Credit: Getty Images)

 

Lamar Jackson is feeling like The Dark Knight as everything he posts online today seemingly stirs up reactions that leaves him scratching his head at the reactions and thinking “Why so serious?”

Recently, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback posted a new background image on his Twitter profile, and many took it as a shot at his Charm City bosses. The signal-caller posted a close-up of a smiling mouth with a top grill spelled out I NEED $ on four front caps, and the Twitterverse went crazy.

Over the weekend, Jackson held his annual Funday with LJ event in Coral Gables, Florida, when the speculation that he was throwing shady shots ricocheted through the social media universe. The event — a way of Jackson giving back to the South Florida community that raised him — included free food for 500 kids, a bounce house, waterslides, an obstacle course, a game truck and tournaments.

“I don’t know why people are blowing it up,” Jackson said to USA Today. “I just saw Bleacher Report post it. They just take anything that’s posted on social media and just blow it up and try to think for you. I don’t take it too seriously.

“They’re making it seem like I’m talking to the Ravens when I’m not. Our contract discussion is going on already. But it ain’t about that though.”

Fans of Method Man and Redman knew the image was a comedic homage to the movie “How High.” Jackson confirmed the post was about the film because he thought it was funny.

I NEED $ was a popular side character played by Al Shearer, better known as the host from BET’s “Hits From The Street.” So why does that signal Jackson’s potential displeasure with the organization?

Simple: People are reading the tea leaves of other significant deals offered to quarterbacks during the off-season. In the shadow of the mega commitments from teams like the Cleveland Browns of $230 million to Deshaun Watson or the six-year $258 million extensions Josh Allen received from the Buffalo Bills, no confirmation on a contract extension from Jackson or the Ravens has people a bit on edge.

Rest assured, Jackson is old school choosing to keep his business off social media, especially as it is still being negotiated.

“I’m not putting my business life on social media. I won’t ever do that. I won’t put my personal life on social media. I’ll show stuff, but I won’t throw subliminal [messages] out. That’s not me,” Jackson continued.

Jackson has readily said that he is hopeful a deal will get done before training camp begins. However, the clock is ticking.

The Ravens’ rookies will report on Tuesday, July 19 to the 2022 training camp, while Baltimore’s veterans will report on Tuesday, July 26, with the first entire team practice likely for Wednesday, July 27.

Jackson posted a clip from “How High” with Method Man and Redman giving the jitters symbols with the caption, “Since everybody can read my mind,” with a laughing while crying emoji. He also posted a clip of Mike Epps’ “How High” Pimp Baby Powder role from the movie with the caption, “If I could not a nan nudda would try it.”

Take a chill pill. Lamar Jackson is Netflix and chilling while working on his community and a new deal.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.