Lamar Jackson Recruiting DK Metcalf Should Encourage Ravens Fans Even if They Don’t Land the Receiver

Although Lamar Jackson doesn’t have a long-term deal with the Baltimore Ravens, the star quarterback is fully committed. Jackson has repeatedly voiced that sentiment via social media, especially after an injury-plagued 2021 season.

After the Seattle Seahawks surprisingly traded star quarterback Russell Wilson, wideout DK Metcalf has become extensively mentioned as a potential trade target. Jackson has now thrown on his recruit cap again by publicly pitching to Metcalf, which should only encourage Ravens fans about the star quarterback’s long-term future.

Lamar Jackson’s contract situation will linger into next offseason

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson attempts a pass during a game.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson attempts a pass. | Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As encouraging as it is to see Lamar Jackson make recruiting pitching for other players to join him in Baltimore, he remains without a new contract.

Despite the Ravens repeatedly expressing a strong interest in a new deal, the former league MVP hasn’t moved toward extension discussions. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Jackson is waiting until after the 2022 season to work out his next deal.

“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Jackson has told the Ravens that he’s currently too focused on having his best possible year and that he doesn’t want to do a deal until the 2022 season is over,” Florio wrote.

Jackson is in the fifth-year option of his rookie deal that will pay him roughly over $23 million. He will command an annual salary of at least $40 million in his next contract. The injury risk remains a concerning factor, but there isn’t any rush on his behalf to secure the extension.

At the very least, Baltimore knows when they will have a new deal worked out with their star quarterback.

Lamar Jackson shamelessly recruits DK Metcalf

Since the Seahawks traded Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf’s name remains a prominent possible target.

The star wide receiver continues to air his desire to stay in Seattle, but it hasn’t stopped his peers from other teams from trying to lure him over. Jackson is the latest to head that route as he used a fan-created image of him and Metcalf in Ravens jerseys to send a social media recruitment pitch.

“@dkm14 slide,” wrote Jackson. “We got them Guyz but you can slide to we welcome everyone here with open arms you definitely one of them Guyz as well.”

Although Jackson has a strong affinity to throw passes to the star wideout, the Seahawks appear fully committed to him. Last week, head coach Pete Carroll voiced that the team wants to keep Metcalf for the long haul.

“We intend for him to be with us,” Carroll said via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. “We’d love to figure that out. We are in a normal kind of mode this time of the year, we have not gotten to that topic yet specifically because we’ve got so many other things going on, but we’d love to have him.”

As many Seahawks fans have pointed out, Carroll used the same “intended” phrase when talking about Wilson before his trade. The Ravens would need to fork over a hefty draft capital to make a serious push to land Metcalf. Meanwhile, the team is committed to seeing Rashod Bateman and Marquise Brown further develop into bonafide receiving options.

Nonetheless, it doesn’t hurt for Jackson to at least toss out that scenario to stir the pot.

Ravens fans shouldn’t worry about Lamar Jackson’s future

Until Lamar Jackson puts pen to paper on his next deal, the fan base will have its lingering concerns.

However, Jackson hasn’t said or done anything to suggest he wants to play elsewhere. He already has the full backing of the front office, head coach John Harbaugh, and most importantly, owner Steve Bisciotti.

The 25-year-old simply wants to play through the 2022 season before working out his next contract. As against the grain that may be to the current trend of quarterback contract extensions, Jackson wants to go that route.

Ravens fans have nothing to worry about, as the former league MVP will be in Baltimore for years to come.

Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.

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