NFL free agency is right around the corner and a lot of eyes will be on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. After what has been a neverending contract situation, Jackson’s future with the Ravens continues to remain up in the air.
On Tuesday, the franchise tag period officially opened up. Reports surfaced that the Ravens could use the tag on Jackson with hopes of negotiating a bigger deal. However, ESPN reporter Jamison Hensley gave a murky update regarding Jackson’s future with the franchise:
The franchise tag window opened today. Here is my SportsCenter segment with @mattbarrie on the Ravens and Lamar Jackson: pic.twitter.com/5qX4JKO7at
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) February 21, 2023
It has been a long road of discussions for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, and Hensley’s latest report doesn’t give a clear update. Rather, it provides even more questions regarding the future of Jackson, and the uncertainty remains at an all-time high in Baltimore.
If the Ravens can’t come to a deal and Jackson does enter NFL free agency, he should have plenty of suitors and he will be the biggest name on the market from the QB position.
In 2022, he threw for 2,242 yards with 17 touchdowns and rushed for 764 with three scores, all while missing five games. So, the Ravens need to act quickly before free agency begins, otherwise, they could be on the market for a new signal-caller.
Will the Ravens tag him and attempt to work out a larger deal? Or will Jackson’s camp compromise and agree to a smaller deal to stay in Baltimore? Nobody knows, but the situation regarding Jackson will be one of the biggest storylines to monitor over the next few weeks before the free agency period.