Lamar Jackson and the Ravens highest Paid NFL Quarterback

(BBR) The Baltimore Ravens agreed in principle with Lamar Jackson on a five-year deal Thursday, making their star quarterback the highest-paid player in NFL history.

The Ravens and Jackson agreed on a $260 million, five-year deal with $185 million in guaranteed money, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract hasn’t been signed.

The deal keeps the 2019 NFL MVP in Baltimore for the foreseeable future and ends a contract negotiation saga that was dominating the team’s offseason. Jackson’s contract tops the $255 million, five-year deal the Philadelphia Eagles gave Jalen Hurts earlier this month. Hurts got $179.3 million in guarantees.


Deshaun Watson still has the biggest guaranteed contract in NFL history. The Cleveland Browns gave Watson a five-year, fully-guaranteed $230 million extension last year to waive his no-trade clause and agree to join the team.

The Ravens announced the deal hours before the first round of the NFL draft, and it’s fair to say that in Baltimore at least, this news will overshadow whoever the team might take in the first round.

After playing out his rookie contract, Jackson’s future with the Ravens was in doubt. Baltimore put the franchise tag on Jackson last month, but the Ravens kept expressing confidence that they could reach a long-term agreement with him — even after Jackson made a trade request public.

The Ravens did not disclose contract terms, but their tweet announcing the deal did include a video of Jackson talking.


“For the last few months, there’s been a lot of he said, she said, a lot of nail biting, a lot of head scratching going on,” Jackson said. “But for the next five years, it’s a lot of flock going on.”

That was a reference to the term “Ravens Flock” used by the team’s fans.

“Let’s go baby. Let’s go, let’s go,” Jackson added. “Can’t wait to get there, can’t wait to be there. Can’t wait to light up M&T (Bank Stadium) for the next five years, man. Let’s get it.”

Jackson’s deal brings one of the NFL’s biggest offseason stories to a conclusion — right as one of the league’s biggest annual events was about to start. The Ravens can now expect Jackson in the lineup for the first game of the season, without drama about whether he’ll report to camp. They’ve already boosted his wide receiving group by signing Odell Beckham Jr. Baltimore also has a new offensive coordinator after hiring Georgia’s Todd Monken.


Drafted in 2018, Jackson is already one of six quarterbacks in NFL history with 10,000 yards passing and 4,000 rushing. He’s been hurt at the end of the past two seasons, however. At age 26, his best days could well be ahead of him, and now he’ll remain in a Baltimore uniform.

Jackson, who was negotiating without an agent, stood to make $32.4 million this season if he played on the franchise tag, but that path had potential pitfalls for both sides. Jackson would have risked losing a lot of money long term if he was injured, and even if he stayed healthy, the team might have had an unhappy quarterback on its hands. Jackson’s contract situation didn’t seem too disruptive last offseason, but it took a different turn when he announced in late March that he’d requested a trade a few weeks earlier.

Whether that was out of frustration with the process or an attempt to draw more interest from other teams, Jackson and the Ravens now appear to be very much on the same page.

It’s also an interesting coincidence Jackson’s new contract was announced on draft day. Five years ago, he wasn’t one of the top players taken. Baltimore landed him with the 32nd pick, and he was the fifth quarterback taken. Of the four who went ahead of him, only Buffalo’s Josh Allen has enjoyed success comparable to Jackson. Allen signed a long-term deal with the Bills two offseasons ago.

Harbor Bank of Maryland, Joseph Haskins Jr. has stepped down as CEO

(BBR)  After four decades of dedicated service to the Harbor Bank of Maryland, Joseph Haskins Jr. has stepped down as CEO. As one of the co-founders of the bank, Haskins has played a significant role in establishing the Harbor Bank as the only Black-owned and -managed commercial bank in the state.

While his departure marks the end of an era, the bank has found a capable successor in John Lewis. As the former President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation, Lewis brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in economic development and community empowerment. He has also served as a member of the Harbor Bank's board of directors for over a decade, making him well-versed in the bank's operations and mission.

(John Lewis is the New CEO of the Harbor Bank of Maryland)

As the new CEO of the Harbor Bank of Maryland, Lewis is committed to continuing the bank's legacy of serving the black business community and promoting economic empowerment. He plans to focus on expanding the bank's reach and impact, developing new products and services to better serve the needs of its customers, and leveraging technology to streamline operations and enhance customer experiences.

In addition, Lewis recognizes the importance of maintaining the bank's role as a leading voice for racial equity and social justice. He has pledged to continue supporting community initiatives and advocating for policies that promote inclusive economic growth and address systemic inequalities.

The Harbor Bank of Maryland has long been a cornerstone of the black business community, providing critical financial services and resources to black-owned businesses and individuals. With John Lewis now at the helm, the bank is poised to continue its important work and build on the strong foundation established by Haskins and his team.

We wish Joseph Haskins Jr. all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his decades of service and leadership at the Harbor Bank of Maryland. We also congratulate John Lewis on his new role as CEO and look forward to seeing the bank continue to thrive under his capable leadership.

Troy Staton is the founder, director, and CEO of More Than A Shop

(BBR) Troy Staton is the founder, director, and CEO of More Than A Shop, a nonprofit organization that works to promote economic development and entrepreneurship in underserved communities. Troy's passion for community development and social impact has driven him to create innovative programs and initiatives that provide resources and support to individuals and businesses in need. More Than A Shop is a unique organization that operates on a model of collective entrepreneurship, bringing together individuals and businesses to work collaboratively and create shared economic opportunities. The organization provides a range of services, including business training, financial coaching, and access to capital.


More Than A Shop has helped hundreds of individuals and businesses to start and grow, providing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Troy's vision for More Than A Shop was inspired by his own experiences growing up in an underserved community. He recognized the barriers that many individuals face when trying to start a business or access capital, and he was determined to create a solution that could help bridge that gap. One of the most successful programs at More Than A Shop is their "Shop in a Box" initiative.

 This program provides individuals with all of the tools and resources they need to start their own business, including a physical storefront, inventory, and marketing support. The program has been incredibly successful, helping many individuals to achieve their dream of owning their own business and creating economic opportunities in their communities. Troy's work has not gone unnoticed.


He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his leadership and innovation, including the "40 Under 40" award from the Baltimore Business Journal and the "Social Innovator of the Year" award from The Daily Record. Troy's dedication to creating economic opportunities and promoting entrepreneurship in underserved communities has made a significant impact on many individuals and businesses. His work at More Than A Shop serves as an inspiration to others who are passionate about creating positive change and making a difference in their communities.

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