Ravens to tag Lamar Jackson if long-term deal is not reached

The Ravens will use the franchise tag on Lamar Jackson if they can not work out a long-term contract with him by Tuesday’s deadline, in line with one of many workforce’s prime executives.

Ozzie Newsome, the chief vp and former normal supervisor of the Ravens, shared the revelation on the Bernie Kosar Show on Monday.

“The biggest thing is, we have a deadline tomorrow at 4 p.m. to put the tag on him,” Newsome stated. “I know today and up until about 3:30 tomorrow, a lot of energy is going to be utilized in trying to get the [long-term] deal done. And if not, we will put the franchise tag on him.”

Newsome’s feedback are essentially the most detailed in regards to the Ravens’ plans with Jackson if they can not come to a long-term settlement. General supervisor Eric DeCosta and head coach John Harbaugh have publicly insisted that they need Jackson again, however the two sides have reportedly remained far aside in negotiations. 

Jackson has been searching for assured cash exceeding the $230 million that the Browns gave Deshaun Watson final offseason, per CBS. Watson’s deal was unprecedented in how a lot was assured and that it was totally assured. Jackson, in fact, is a former MVP and has extra playoff appearances than Watson. 

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What Newsome did not specify was which franchise tag the Ravens would use on their star QB. The unique tag would pay Jackson $45 million in 2023 and would give each events till July 15 to work out a long-term deal. 

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The non-exclusive tag is value $32.4 million this 12 months however would additionally permit Jackson to enter contract negotiations with different groups. Baltimore would then have the choice to match any contract provide or obtain two first-round picks as compensation from the workforce Jackson indicators with. 

Ravens reportedly contemplating non-exclusive franchise tag on Lamar Jackson

With so many QB-needy groups across the league, Jackson might command greater than the Ravens have provided, or are prepared to. Their resolution to commerce again into the primary spherical and choose Jackson at No. 32 total within the 2018 NFL Draft is extensively considered one of many biggest strikes in Newsome’s tenure as normal supervisor, a place he held with Baltimore from 2002 to 2019. Baltimore has made the playoffs in 4 of Jackson’s 5 seasons, together with in 2022, although he was sidelined with a knee harm and didn’t play in a wild-card loss. 

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