Although he has yet to sign a contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens, star quarterback Lamar Jackson is fully committed to his team heading into the start of the NFL regular season.
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Jackson, who is self-representing, could go free as the air at the end of the 2023 season, during which he will earn just over $23 million.
Although he was absent from optional practices last spring – an increasingly common bargaining tactic – Jackson answered the call from the start of the summer through training camp.
« Lamar says he’s focused on the season, he’s under contract and he’s going to have his best campaign of his career, » head coach John Harbaugh said, according to ESPN.
“We hope like him that he will sign a new pact. There is no other objective than to find common ground.”
The Ravens pilot had no further details to offer regarding contract negotiations. Jackson can, however, expect a considerable salary increase. If the Maryland team can’t reach a deal with him by March, they’ll have to tag him as a franchise player – and offer him $45 million – to keep him from reaching the market. independent players.
In the meantime, the 25-year-old pivot has his eyes on the next season.
“I am often with [Jackson] both on and off the field and he is calm, slipped offensive tackle Morgan Moses. There’s no better feeling than seeing your quarterback ready to work every day. »
Jackson, known for his mobility, had 767 rushing yards and 2,882 flying yards in 2022. He had 16 touchdown passes – his lowest total since his first season – and received a second invitation for the game of the Pro Bowl.