Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has pivoted in latest weeks from apparently not wanting a long-term cope with the Ravens to apparently wanting one now.
The query arose on Saturday as as to if Jackson wish to get his second NFL contract earlier than the beginning of coaching camp.
“Hopefully,” Jackson instructed Safid Deen of USA Right now, throughout Jackson’s fourth annual Funday with LJ occasion.
Jackson enters the choice 12 months of his rookie deal, at a base wage of roughly $23 million for 2022. He didn’t decide to accepting a brand new contract earlier than camp begins.
“I am not going to say ‘yeah’ proper now,” Jackson instructed Deen. “Hopefully. However it’s God’s timing.”
That mentioned, it is Lamar’s choice as as to if he’ll maintain out if God and/or the Ravens do not come by way of.
“I haven’t got that on my thoughts,” Jackson mentioned concerning a possible absence from coaching camp.
The Ravens tried for months to get Jackson’s consideration. They apparently have it. However whether or not they can attain an settlement on a brand new contract stays to be seen.
Jackson received the league MVP award in 2019. Since then the market has elevated considerably. One of the best present contract, all issues thought of, belongs to Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, at $46 million per 12 months for 5 years, totally assured. That must be the place to begin for Jackson. The Ravens could not need to make it their ending level.
Complicating issues is the truth that Jackson represents himself. It makes it awkward for him to say what must be mentioned. It makes it awkward for the Ravens to say what must be mentioned.
What in the end must be completed is a brand new deal that’s honest to each side. In any other case, the franchise-tag dance begins in early 2023.