Lamar Jackson Decline Ravens Contract Extension

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2018
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2018. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9795810bd)

Lamar Jackson has turned down the Baltimore Ravens’ offer for a contract extension, the team announced on Friday morning. This comes after the Ravens and Jackson were unable to agree on a new deal by the time of the quarterback’s self-imposed deadline.

“Despite best efforts on both sides, we were unable to reach a contract extension with Lamar Jackson,” General Manager Eric DeCosta stated. “We greatly appreciate how he has handled this process and we are excited about our team with Lamar leading the way.” De Costa added that the Ravens will remain focused on the 2022 season and how Jackson can continue to provide value.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh remains confident that an agreement will ultimately be reached with Jackson and that the quarterback will play for the Ravens for a long time. He praised Jackson’s professionalism and commitment to the team.

Jackson, who is one of the only players in the NFL to represent himself, will make $23.016 million in his fifth-year option on his existing contract. He does not, however, have any income guaranteed for the following season.