Lamar Jackson’s future in a baltimore ravens uniform it is in the air.
Jackson is entering an offseason of uncertainty as he wraps up the fifth year of his rookie option.
The Ravens now have two months to agree to a long-term deal, put the franchise tag on him or trade the former MVP.
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Adding to the intrigue was Jackson’s conspicuous absence on the sideline during Baltimore’s 24-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round of the NFL playoffs.
Jackson couldn’t get dressed with an LCP injury and stayed at home instead of attending the game.
But while his teammates were forced to play the final five games of the 2022 season without him, there are many who hope he will return to Baltimore next season.
«You can’t let a guy like him go,» Ravens defensive tackle Calais Campbell said Monday, according to Baltimore’s website.
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«I know it’s football, and there’s always some exciting new toy, some exciting new kid who has the potential to come out and be great. But this is safe, known. You know Lamar Jackson is an amazing player. I think he The best thing for the Ravens organization is to give him a long-term contract, make him our guy.»
Shortly after the Baltimore season finaleJackson posted an interesting message on his Instagram account, sharing a post from Wallace Peeples, the co-host and owner of «Million $ Worth of Game.»
«When you have something good, you don’t play with it. You don’t risk losing it. You don’t neglect it,» the post read. «When you have something good, you pour it out. You appreciate it. Because when you take care of something good, that good takes care of you too.»
Jackson and the Ravens failed to come to an agreement. offseason contract extensionpresenting conversations during the season.
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Now the Ravens must decide if Jackson is worthy of a long-term deal, as guaranteed quarterback money continues to skyrocket.
«It’s not that heavy on me,» Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley said. «All I know is I want Lamar to play here with me as long as I play. He knows that and I have every faith they’re going to figure something out.»
«In my opinion, I know he’s going to be here. He’s a competitor, he wants to win, and this is his team and his offense. Money isn’t the most important thing to Lamar. He really wants to win, contrary to popular belief.»
The Ravens will have until March 7 to reach an agreement. Baltimore will have the option to use the exclusive franchise tag on Jackson if a deal cannot be reached by that date.