GM believes Lamar Jackson wants to finish his career with Ravens
OWINS MILLS, Maryland — The the crows he retracted the narrative Lamar JacksonHis future in Baltimore is uncertain, insisting they remain confident they can sign the star quarterback to a long-term deal.
“I really think Lamar wants to finish his career in Baltimore,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said Thursday during the team’s 45-minute season-ending news conference.
DeCosta spoke with Jackson on Thursday and began the media session by saying he was excited to resume contract negotiations with the QB. The sides have yet to reach an agreement after two years of contract talks, which broke off negotiations four months ago at the start of the regular season.
Jackson, 26, completed the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. If a new deal isn’t reached by March, Baltimore will place the franchise tag on Jackson to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh also expressed optimism that Baltimore will reach a deal with Jackson, “crossing my fingers and fingers, and I’ll say my prayers.”
“I have every faith that it will work out. Eric wants it here. I want it here. Steve [Bisciotti, Ravens owner] he wants to be here, and Lamar wants to be here. So it will work out.”
Without a new deal, the Ravens will be able to keep Jackson in Baltimore for two more seasons with the franchise tag.
DeCosta declined to say whether the Ravens would make a trade offer for him.
“That’s not something we’re going to talk about at this point,” DeCosta said.
Asked if Jackson would be the Ravens’ starting quarterback in Week 1 of the 2023 season, DeCosta said, “I don’t see any reason why he can’t.”
Jackson was unable to finish his second consecutive season due to injuries. He missed the final six games of this season, including a 24-17 wild-card loss at the Bengals, with a sprained PCL in his left knee.
DeCosta said he doesn’t think Jackson’s absence was related to not being guaranteed money beyond this season.
“Lamar was hurt,” DeCosta said. “His unique style as a mobile, athletic type of quarterback out on the field, and having a serious knee injury, makes it difficult. I know he was trying to come back.”
Harbaugh stated that Jackson would have had a chance to return if the Ravens had advanced further in the playoffs.
“Lamar was planning on coming back,” Harbaugh said. – It was close.
The Ravens are still following Jackson as their quarterback. Jackson will have input on the team’s next offensive coordinator — Greg Roman stepped down Thursday after four seasons as a player.
Harbaugh also doesn’t see a trend as Jackson has been unable to finish the past two seasons due to injuries. He said Jackson was injured in “freak games.” … He is a very persistent player. I know people can take issue with that,” Harbaugh said. “But I don’t think there’s going to be an issue going forward because I know how hard he works.”
In other news, Harbaugh spoke with the running back JK Dobbins, who was upset about only getting 13 carries in Sunday’s playoff game at Cincinnati. Dobbins was frustrated that he didn’t get a red-zone touchdown in the second half, including a critical drive in the fourth quarter. Tyler Huntley He came up with a quarterback sneak.
“He made it very clear to me what he meant in terms of the way he came out and where he was coming from in the heat of the battle,” Harbaugh said. “So I was very comfortable with that conversation and what he told me.”
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