Jackson has dodged the discussion while airing his strong desire to play in Baltimore well past his rookie deal. All that has led team owner Steve Bisciotti to chime in on the lingering matter involving the star quarterback.
Lamar Jackson holds no urgency toward working out his next Ravens deal
Since Jackson earned the 2019 regular season MVP, his contractual future in Baltimore has remained a prominent topic.
The star quarterback has brushed aside the conversation by focusing on pushing the Ravens toward Super Bowl contention. However, he is in the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, making roughly over $23 million for the 2022 campaign.
Jackson no longer has wiggle room as the Ravens want to have him secured into a long-term deal. The front office has taken the patient approach with the Pro Bowler, but that hasn’t resulted in any progress. Team owner Steve Bisciotti has now addressed the matter.
Lamar Jackson may finally take a necessary step to resolve uncertain Ravens future
Over the last several months, the Ravens have repeatedly voiced a strong desire to work out a long-term extension with their star quarterback.
However, the former league MVP hasn’t made any progress toward hammering out a deal to keep him in Baltimore. Team owner Steve Bisciotti recently weighed in on the situation, voicing that he strongly admired Jackson’s approach to the game and underlined the team’s desire to retain him for the long haul.
“It’s unique, because everybody expects you to say – I’ve got to get mine now,” Bisciotti said via Clifton Brown of Baltimoreravens.com. “The kid is so obsessed with winning a Super Bowl, that I think deep down he doesn’t think he’s worthy. I think he wants that to say, ‘Now I deserve to be on top.’ I don’t think he is turned on by money that much and he knows it’s coming one way or the other.
“People can speculate any way they want. But I don’t talk to Lamar. It’s not my role. What are you going to do with a guy who wants to be unique? You don’t browbeat him into being a conformist.
“Without a QB you believe in, life (stinks) as an NFL owner and as a fan base. We appreciate him. All I know is that his teammates love him. The front office loves him. So it’s like, you just keep doing you, Lamar, and we’ll make it work.”
Bisciotti wants to tread lightly as he knows where he stands in the situation. General Manager Eric DeCosta will handle the contractual matters, but his expressing of a strong appreciation for Jackson will only help the situation.
The 25-year-old is the long-term future, and the franchise is just waiting to give him the contract it believes he deserves. Jackson sits in a promising position to negotiate a salary starting at $40 million per season, and could upward.
At the same time, there is a clear understanding that the new deal will work itself out when the time is appropriate.
Ravens must remain patient with their star quarterback
As out of the norm as Lamar Jackson’s approach to his contract situation is, he holds an unwavering desire to play in Baltimore.
Jackson’s game plan does not make much sense because he’s risking losing out on a lucrative contract if he suffers a significant injury. However, it’s a chance he’s willing to take as he wants to prove to the Ravens that he’s worth every penny of his next contract.
The clock is ticking as he’s in the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, giving the team little wiggle room. The Ravens could franchise tag him next offseason, but that is a route the organization likely wants to avoid.
All Baltimore can do is wait for Jackson to come to the negotiation table, and that wait shouldn’t be much longer.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.