OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Less than a week before the season opener, quarterback Lamar Jackson He was throwing passes on the training ground on Monday for the Baltimore Ravens, once again showing that he’s focused on playing for the Ravens this season despite not having a contract extension.
After Monday’s training, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked if there was any discussion there might be going on about Jackson not playing this season without a new deal.
“No,” Harbow said before adding, “Lamar said he is focused on the season, he is under contract and will have his best season. He hopes to get a new contract and we hope to get him a new one. All that remains is work. There is nothing but Getting to something that both parties agree on.”
Jackson missed volunteer training this spring for the first time in his five-year career, but the former NFL MVP reported in time for training camp and didn’t miss any training all summer.
Harbaugh does not know if conversations between the Ravens and Jackson have been put on hold. Last month, Jackson said the first week would be the stopping point in negotiations until the end of the regular season.
“I don’t have any updates,” Harbo said. “My interactions with Lamar were all football. He was focused and sticking with that, 100 per cent, from a football point of view.”
Jackson is one of the few players in the NFL without an agent and represents himself. He is expected to speak to reporters on Wednesday.
Neither Jackson nor Ravens officials hinted at any hostility in the negotiations, which is why Harpo said you don’t hear about “conflicting reports.”
“He is hoping to get a new contract, and we hope we can get him a new contract,” Harbo said. “But all that’s left is business. There’s nothing left but to get to something that both parties agree on. That’s how all these deals are done. So, obviously, I’m very optimistic, and I know everyone is really hoping to get it done.”
in March , Deshaun Watson He reset the quarterback market when he signed a record five-year, fully guaranteed $230 million contract. Shortly thereafter, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti admitted that the Watson deal complicates future negotiations with the quarterbacks.
The two franchisees who signed the most recent deals since – Keeler Murray And the Russell Wilson – They both got less guaranteed money than Watson. Murray received a guaranteed $189.5 million in July, and Wilson received a guaranteed $165 million on Thursday.
Jackson plays in his fifth-year pick, which will pay him $23.016 million this season. If the two parties cannot reach a new agreement by next March, Baltimore will have to put the franchise flag on Jackson to prevent him from becoming a free agent. Jackson will receive $45 million under the exclusive label.
“Being around him here and also being next to him in the changing room, he’s so calm and cool and collected,” offensive tackle Morgan Moses He said about how Jackson handled contract talks. “There is no better feeling than seeing a quarterback come out every day ready to go to work.”
With Jackson, the Ravens have high expectations to enter the season. outer back Justin Houston It even secured a Super Bowl victory.
“I am a firm believer in the power of the tongue to speak of life and death,” said Houston, who is beginning his twelfth NFL season. “So, we’re going to get that ring this year. I’m tired of hoping and hoping we get to get it. I’m going to bring it into being.”