The Pressure Is On Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence After $275 Million Deal

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence signed a five-year, $275 million contract extension with the team on Thursday, tying Cincinnati Bengals star Joe Burrow for the highest average annual value in the NFL at $55 million.

Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson recently hinted that a new deal was coming for Lawrence, so this comes as no surprise.

Lawrence didn’t reset the quarterback market, though, which may be bad news for someone like Dak Prescott who is looking to land $60 million per year.

Regardless, Lawrence got paid, and now, the pressure is on him to deliver.

The Spotlight Will Be On Trevor Lawrence In 2024

There was already pressure on Lawrence to produce this coming season before he signed his deal, but now, it just increased exponentially.

Let’s be honest: Lawrence has been somewhat of a disappointment since being taken with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

He was horrendous during his rookie campaign when he led the league in interceptions. He flashed his brilliant potential in 2022, throwing for 25 touchdowns and eight picks while leading Jacksonville to an AFC South division title and a thrilling playoff win. He then regressed this past season.

Really, Lawrence has had one very good year out of three, and that is not what you would expect from a guy who was labeled a generational talent and one of the best quarterback prospects in years when he came out of Clemson three years ago.

We can make all of the excuses we want for Lawrence. Blame the coaching. Blame the offensive line. Blame the weaponry. Blame the defense. Blame everything but Lawrence.

The fact of the matter is that the Jaguars were 8-3 this past season and then ended up losing five of their last six games to miss the playoffs entirely. People will instantly point to Lawrence’s injuries late in the year as the reason for the collapse, but he wasn’t playing well prior to the injuries, either.

Still, the Jags are throwing all of their weight behind Lawrence. By handing him this megadeal, they are telling him, “We trust you.” Or, at the very least, they are betting on him, and realistically speaking, they kind of have to based on how much they have already invested in him.

I’m not mad at the contract. Do I think Lawrence is now overpaid? Yes, but that’s the nature of the market, and the Jaguars are gambling on him being the guy they thought he was when they drafted him. Plus, they aren’t just going to shift gears and suddenly find another quarterback now. I get it.

But now, the onus is on Lawrence to actually deliver.

Jacksonville lost Calvin Ridley this offseason, but it added Gabe Davis in free agency and drafted LSU standout Brian Thomas Jr. That gives Lawrence a rather solid trio of receivers that also includes Christian Kirk. Plus, he has Pro Bowl tight end Evan Engram and running back Travis Etienne.

Lawrence has pieces. They may not necessarily be elite pieces, but they are pieces, nonetheless. He also now has a massive contract featuring $200 million in guarantees in his back pocket.

It’s time Trevor Lawrence starts to consistently demonstrate why he was touted so highly. It’s time for him to prove the Jaguars right.

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