Ravens fans are worried about Lamar Jackson’s future with the team.
Two weeks ago, Jackson told the media that he would stop negotiating a new contract with the Ravens before the start of the season.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will stop contract negotiations when the regular season starts.
After Saturday’s practice, Jackson confirmed for the first time that he would cut off talks by Week 1 of the regular season, which is four weeks away.
“We’re coming up to it. It’s coming up,” Jackson said when asked about a hard deadline. “The season’s coming up. We’re going to be good for the season.”
Asked if it’s fair to say he wants his contract situation settled by Week 1, Jackson replied, “Yeah, for sure.””
According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Ravens offered Jackson close to Deshaun Watson’s $230 million deal but revealed that they didn’t want to fully guarantee his contract.
“It’s a really big uphill battle here,” Jay Glazer reported ahead of Sunday’s Cardinals-Ravens preseason game. “The reason why is because Lamar Jackson … is representing himself. … (The) Deshaun Watson deal kind of throws things out of whack, because I’m sure (Jackson) wants a fully guaranteed contract, (and) I don’t see (the Ravens) wanting to do that.”
On Monday, Jackson denied being offered $250 million when a Twitter user brought it up.
Jackson would later start liking photoshops of him wearing other teams’ jerseys.
Lamar Jackson liked a picture of himself in a Dolphins jersey pic.twitter.com/EltIT34c2g
— Kevin Oestreicher (@koestreicher34) August 29, 2022
Even without a new deal, the Ravens can keep Jackson with the franchise tag in the next two years, but Ravens HC John Harbaugh has said he believes a deal will eventually get done.
“Lamar is doing a great job. He’s practicing every day,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “The business part of it is the business part of it. I’m very confident that it will get done when it gets done. You can’t really rush it. I don’t think either side wants to rush anything. Both sides want to be happy when it’s all said and done, and probably both sides unhappy when it’s all said and done, to some degree, right? That’s kind of how it works. He’s doing a great job. He’s practicing well. He’s a great leader. On the sideline, he’s right into the game. So, everything, thumbs up.”