Despite reports that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is not skipping workouts because of his contract status and that talks are fluid, it seems like Jackson is unsure of his playing status come Week 1.
Lamar Jackson was asked again whether he would show up for training camp and play the season without an extension.
“We’re having a conversation about it," Jackson said. "I don’t know.”
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) June 16, 2022
This should come as a surprise due to Jackson’s previous statements who is with the Ravens this week as they go through mandatory minicamp.
When asked by reporters if he will spend the remainder of his career in Baltimore, Jackson said “I expect so,” but it appears as though he has changed his tune on the situation.
Jackson has been eligible for a contract extension since last offseason. While the Ravens have been in talks with Jackson since April and would like him to sign as soon as possible, Jackson has held off on signing his contract.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Jackson is “currently too focused on having his best possible year and that he doesn’t want to do a deal until the 2022 season is over.”
Team owner Steve Bisciotti relayed that sentiment by stating in March that he didn't see the 25-year-old signing a new deal before the start of the regular season “unless he has a change of heart and calls Eric [DeCosta] and says, ‘I'm ready.'”
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, there is an expectation that Jackson will receive a deal that pays him $40 million annually.
Fellow 2018 draftee Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen signed a six-year $258 million rookie contract extension before the start of the 2021 season and as a former league MVP, it is assured if Jackson signs his extension he will be one of the highest-paid players in the league.