NFL owners have proven over time that the only color that matters is green. If a black quarterback, coach or general manager can win games, that’s all that matters. Lamar Jackson is not a victim of NFL racism.

No, the owners are punishing him because the Cleveland Browns went rogue and gave Deshaun Watson $230 million, fully guaranteed.

There are plenty of football arguments to explain why Lamar Jackson isn’t worth that money. I have i made them myself. Personally, I wouldn’t want to tie my franchise to Lamar Jackson for the long term and commit a big chunk of the salary cap.

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His limitations as a passer and his injury concerns are very real. However, you can’t convince me that 32 teams feel the same way. And, as we saw with Watson, it only takes ONE.

Roberto Griffin III tweeted that the situation «doesn’t smell good». ryan-clark sayingsarcastically, «yeah, sure, no collusion.»

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 catches a pass while being pressured by Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney #90 in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 catches a pass while being pressured by Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney #90 in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The natural assumption, based on the history of those two and your employeris that they are alleging racism against Jackson.

But I don’t think they are. And I think they both have a valid point.

By the way, so did JJ Watt.

There is evidence to support the collusion claims against Lamar Jackson

It’s hard to believe that six NFL teams, whom Lamar Jackson would immediately improve upon, so quickly said they weren’t interested. Even if they have to give up two first-round picks.

However, part of that could be due to NFL rules. Because Jackson doesn’t have an agent, he can’t have any contact with any other NFL team. until March 13.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson stands on the sidelines cheering on his teammates during the Ravens' 17-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, December 24, 2022.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson stands on the sidelines cheering on his teammates during the Ravens’ 17-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, December 24, 2022. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

An agent can speak to them on his behalf, but the league prohibits teams from speaking to him due to tampering rules. And we know the league takes them seriously.

It’s easy for teams to tell the media they’re not interested and then go talk to Jackson once the tampering period opens. And what good would it do to teams that already have quarterbacks (like miami) so it’s known they’re chasing ANOTHER QB.

But for teams like the Panthers or Raiders, why dismiss the idea so quickly?

This is where potential collusion claims gain traction. To be clear, I don’t know if the NFL owners are in cahoots against Lamar Jackson. The only people who know that are the owners of the NFL.

And based on everything going down with daniel snyder and the leaked emails from Jon Gruden, I guess the owners are smart enough not to put any of that in writing.

But here’s what I know: some NFL owners they were furious that the Browns gave Watson a fully guaranteed contract. How could they not be? That’s not a precedent the owners wanted to set.

Not only that, but also Patrick Mahomes or Joe Burrow, legitimate elite quarterbacks with no real baggage (Jackson Mahomes aside) — did not set a precedent.

No, a player facing more than 20 sexual assault charges set a precedent. A player who was going to be suspended by the NFL and who had to sit out a full season and almost two calendar years. And the Browns had to give up three first-round picks and more for Watson.

Jackson wants someone to pay him like other recent QBs, and he has a case

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns watches during the second half of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns watches during the second half of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Again, I wouldn’t pay Lamar Jackson that money because it involves too much risk. However, if I were Lamar Jackson, I would absolutely say that I am worth at least what Deshaun Watson and kyler murray worth.

I’m worth more, honestly. Neither Murray nor Watson are former league MVPs. Watson has the same number of playoff wins (one) as Jackson. Murray has none.

If Daniel Jones gets paid $160 million for a good season, how come Jackson doesn’t get much more considering his best season resulted in an MVP?

It would arguably immediately improve at least 18 NFL teams.

Thirty-one teams probably looked at Deshaun Watson and said «there’s no way he’s worth $230 million and multiple first-round picks.»

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But only one looked at it and said «yes it is».

Only ONE is needed.

And you can’t tell me there isn’t ONE for Lamar Jackson.