Lamar Jackson, Ravens fail to agree on contract extension, will discuss until end of NFL season

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The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson couldn’t agree on a new contract, so Jackson will play the 2022 season as part of his fifth-year option, adjourning contract talks until the end of the season.

Wednesday, Jackson told reporters that the deadline for reaching an agreement was Friday and that he would not hold contract negotiations during the season.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is expected to make $23 million this season, the final year of his rookie contract. Contract talks intensified over the summer, but Jackson declined to comment on whether the parties had made any progress.
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“Despite best efforts on both sides, we were unable to reach a contract extension with Lamar Jackson,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate the way he has handled this process and are excited about our team with Lamar leading the way. We will continue to work towards a long-term contract after the season, but for now we are looking forward to a 2022 campaign. successful.”

RAVENS’ LAMAR JACKSON SET DEADLINE FOR CONTRACT EXTENSION

Jackson’s fifth-year option will net him $23 million and the team will have until March 7, 2023 to reach a deal. Baltimore will have the option to use the exclusive franchise tag on Jackson if a deal cannot be reached by that date.

Over the course of a week and a half of training camp, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has always been sharper than he has ever been during five summers in Baltimore, and his reach in as a setter has never been so great.

Over the course of a week and a half of training camp, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has always been sharper than he has ever been during five summers in Baltimore, and his reach in as a setter has never been so great.
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Jackson is one of the few NFL players to not have an agent, choosing instead to represent himself.

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“I’m comfortable, but it’s probably different because he’s your quarterback, not an NFL agent, stuff like that,” Jackson said Wednesday, according to the Ravens’ website. “I was pretty cool, Eric was pretty cool with it.” For those who say Jackson is betting on himself this season, the quarterback doesn’t view his decision as riskier than playing other seasons.

Jackson was the NFL’s 2019 season MVP and was selected to two Pro Bowls during his four-year career.

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It has been a big offseason for quarterbackswith four QBs signing contract extensions worth at least $150 million in guaranteed money.

Lamar Jackson is one of the few NFL players to not have an agent, choosing instead to represent himself.

Lamar Jackson is one of the few NFL players to not have an agent, choosing instead to represent himself.
(Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“It was a big risk last season, the year before that,” Jackson said Wednesday. “I wasn’t thinking about contract negotiations at that time. This season it will be the same, but I’m just playing football. Anything can happen, but God forbid the bad thing to happen, I keep God from first and just play ball, like I used to.”

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Baltimore opens 2022 NFL regular season Sunday against the New York Jets.

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