Mark Andrews says QB Lamar Jackson is a ‘Raven for all times’

Uncertainty swirls round Lamar Jackson’s future in Baltimore because the 2019 NFL MVP stays at an deadlock with the Ravens over negotiations surrounding a brand new contract. 

However, Ravens tight finish Mark Andrews stays assured that his quarterback will stay in Baltimore — and even supplied to surrender his paycheck if it helps improve the probability of that occuring.

“I think Lamar is a Raven for life,” Andrews advised ProFootballSpeak in an interview Tuesday. “I know that the organization, they want Lamar, and I know that he has a lot of respect for the organization as well. I think both parties want to get this deal done, it’s just about doing it.”

The Ravens had been unable to return to an settlement with Jackson on an extension earlier than the fifth and ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract. Jackson, who doesn’t have an agent and is representing himself in negotiations, may very well be an unrestricted free agent if a contract extension is just not agreed upon earlier than the 2023 league 12 months begins on March 15. The Ravens may additionally select to make use of the franchise tag on him.

Jackson began the Ravens’ first 12 video games of the 2022 season earlier than struggling a PCL sprain in his knee in Week 13 in opposition to the Denver Broncos. He didn’t seem in one other sport for the rest of the season, with backup Tyler Huntley beginning within the Ravens’ wild-card loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Jackson didn’t journey with the group for the playoff sport in Cincinnati, fueling hypothesis that he may try to go away the Ravens within the offseason.

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However, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and common supervisor Eric DeCosta reaffirmed their dedication to Jackson quickly after the season ended, with Harbaugh telling reporters that the group was “200 percent” dedicated to holding Jackson as its franchise quarterback and DeCosta claiming the entrance workplace’s “singular focus” was finalizing a long-term extension with the star signal-caller. 

The two even dedicated to giving Jackson enter on who the Ravens rent as their subsequent offensive coordinator after parting methods with Greg Roman in January.

Ravens & Lamar Jackson are reportedly $100M aside on assured cash

Still, the Ravens and Jackson seem to stay far aside in contract talks. The group reportedly supplied Jackson an extension price $250 million in most cash, with $133 million of that cash absolutely assured. 

Jackson, in the meantime, reportedly desires a contract within the neighborhood of $230 million absolutely assured, just like what the Cleveland Browns gave Deshaun Watson final offseason.

Jackson’s ongoing contract saga may influence the Ravens’ potential to herald different gamers round him. When a fan requested Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey if he did any recruiting of potential future teammates throughout his latest journey to the Pro Bowl, Humphrey responded that these gamers are ready to see what occurs with Jackson.

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