Ravens star Lamar Jackson drops truth bomb on contract negotiations
The Baltimore Ravens had a notable absence from their voluntary OTA’s as star quarterback Lamar Jackson was a no-show. With his contract negotiations with the club still ongoing, there was some speculation that the quarterback was skipping OTAs in order to angle for an improved deal. According to reports, that’s not the case after all. ESPN’s Jamison Henley reports Jackson claimed his absence was not contract-related and that he’s even sat down with the team to discuss a new deal as recently as this week.
Lamar Jackson said his absence from voluntary OTAs was not contract-related and he’s had a conversation with the team about his contract this week
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) June 16, 2022
In addition to Henley’s report, Jeff Zrebiec indicates that Jackson has recently held conversations with Eric DeCosta over his new contract.
More importantly, Jackson boldly stated that he expects to remain a member of the Ravens throughout the rest of his NFL career. Despite his new contract yet to be signed, Jackson has made clear he has no intentions of leaving the organization and wants to retire as a member of the Ravens, hopefully with a Super Bowl win under his belt.
Jackson said he’s been having conversations with DeCosta about contract. Said there have been talks this week. Calked them private talks but said he expects to stay with Ravens for his career.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) June 16, 2022
While Jackson didn’t elaborate on the specifics of his new contract, his declarative statement on his future with the franchise is extremely encouraging. At this point, it feels like it’s only a matter of time until the Ravens are ready to announce the details of a new mega-deal for their beloved quarterback.
Jackson figures to sign a lucrative extension with the team whenever the deal does get finalized, and he should be among the highest-paid players in football when he puts pen to paper on his new Ravens contract. When that will be completed remains to be seen, but things certainly seem to be trending in the right direction in Baltimore.