NFL Star Drops Agent and Hires Mom Who Signs Unprecedented Contract for Son
Following the recent news of the record-breaking contract Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts signed earlier this week, fellow Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson has now surpassed Hurts’ contract with the help of an unlikely business partner: his mom, Felicia Jones.
The Ravens have approved a five-year $260 million contract with the 2019 MVP QB, which includes $185 million in guaranteed money. Compared to Hurts’ contract, Jackson will rake in an average annual salary of $52 million – $1 million more than Hurts. At the time of this writing, Jackson is the highest-paid player in the NFL after signing the new contract with the help of his mother.
The news comes after it has been confirmed that the first Black woman agent to represent a quarterback in the Super Bowl made history after signing a $255 million contract for five seasons for Hurts, who has also been approved a no-trade clause – a first for the Eagles franchise. The clause will prohibit the team from trading him without written permission from the player and their agent, and he will get $179.3 million guaranteed because of the contract.
“I’m so grateful that I get to have a front-row seat to experience the journey of [Hurts]” Lynn said in a video posted on Twitter. “This is just the beginning. Your name will be cemented in history for years to come.”
Lynn’s rise to the top of sports business and administration began when she decided she would take a shot in the dark and DM Hurts to request a meeting about his football career. The result would end up working in her favor.
Lynn told ESSENCE that she has been following his collegiate football career and was rapt by him being drafted into the NFL. So when she requested the meeting, she was glad that he accepted. She said the aftermath was amazing. During the meeting, she met with both Hurts and her father and enthralled them both with her impressive management career working with several NCAA players.
“But Nicole was really on top of her stuff. She was prepared. She knew what she was talking about. She was hungry. And she was determined. And I feel that determination like that never rests. Once you come across such a determined individual, that just hits me a little different.”
Her determination has now broken new ground, which will hopefully allow more women to represent athletes in an industry predominately made up of White men.
After Lynn was hired, another male agent told Hurts and her father “Hey, if baby girl doesn’t work out, give us a call. She’s sweet, but—you know,” according to SI.
Hurts would then ask Lynn “How much of this do you deal with? Why would it matter that you’re a woman?”
“Oh, Jay,” she replied. “This is just my life.”