September 26, 2022

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Ravens, Lamar Jackson Fail To Reach Contract Extension: QB To Play With New Contract Option For Fifth Year

Ravens, Lamar Jackson Fail To Reach Contract Extension: QB To Play With New Contract Option For Fifth Year

The Baltimore Ravens They were unable to reach a contract extension with Lamar Jackson, as Friday was the deadline set by Jackson for a long-term contract. Jackson will play the 2022 season on the fifth year option of his Rookie contract, making him fully guaranteed $23,016,000.

“Despite efforts on both sides, we were unable to reach a contract extension with Lamar Jackson,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta. He said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate the way he handled this process and we are excited about our team led by Lamar. We will continue to work towards a long-term contract after the season, but for now we are looking forward to a successful 2022 campaign.”

Speaking about contract status later Friday afternoon, Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed that Jackson will stay with the Ravens past this season. Just because the two sides failed to reach an extension, doesn’t mean the conversation between the Ravens and Jackson has been put down.

“I’m sure it will happen when the time comes. Midfielder Lamar will be playing here for a long time,” he said. Harbo told reporters. “We talked about it yesterday, ‘Man, let’s be our best and focus on football.’ That’s what he’s been doing all along.”

Jackson said earlier this week that he won’t be talking about a contract at launch – and isn’t worried about the risks of playing without a guaranteed long-term deal.

“I haven’t thought about any injuries, or anything like that,” Jackson said. “I just got off last season, and I’m feeling really good this season.” “I don’t even want to put that up in the air.

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“It was a big risk last season, the year before. I wasn’t thinking about contract negotiations at the time. This season, it’s going to be the same, but I only play football. Anything can happen, but God forbid the wrong thing to happen, I keep God first and just play ball, like I’ve been doing.”

Jackson – representing himself – only revealed that the Ravens family did not give him a $250 million guarantee at the end of August. When asked how negotiations were going on Wednesday and whether he was closer to a contract, he answered the general manager’s question (DeCosta).

The Ravens risk not giving Jackson a long-term deal, given his accolades as a starting quarterback. Baltimore is 37-12 in early years since Jackson became quarterback in Week 11 of the 2018 season. Jackson is also the first quarterback in the NFL Reaching 35 regular season wins by age 25. He completed 64.2% of his passes for 9,880 yards with 83 touchdowns to 31 interceptions (rated 98.0) since becoming the Ravens’ starter — all while rushing for 3,564 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Jackson is the fastest quarterback in league history with 5,000 yards and 2,000 fast yards (35 games), and tied with Michael Vick for over 10 games in the 100-yard dash. He is also the only player to dash for 1,000 yards in a season twice. His five games with 200 passing yards and 100 yard dashing are the most in league history.

Jackson is focused on football and will count on a huge season before talks about a long-term deal flare up again. If the Ravens decide to award the franchise to Jackson, he will have a $40 million northern salary guaranteed in 2023.