The Ravens’ latest signing could be a sign that Lamar Jackson is staying.


Is the Baltimore Ravens’ latest signing a sign that star quarterback Lamar Jackson will stay on the team?

The Baltimore Ravens nearly upset the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card Round, but they weren’t successful. Now the team is gearing up for an important offseason, where star quarterback Lamar Jackson needs a new contract. The team said at its year-end press conference that Jackson would be its quarterback in 2023, but it has yet to negotiate a new contract.

But, did the team’s latest trade hint that Jackson will be with the team?

On Monday, the Ravens picked up cornerback Trayvon Mullen from the Dallas Cowboys. The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec notes that the Ravens needed a cornerback on the roster, but he also pointed out that Mullen is Jackson’s cousin.

The Ravens claim Trayvon Mullen, the cousin of Lamar Jackson, on waivers.

This decision probably has nothing to do with the team trying to convince Jackson to stay. As Zrebiec says in his tweet, the team really needed a cornerback. Baltimore is gearing up for Marcus Peters and Kyle Fuller to become free agents this year.

Mullen was a former 2019 Las Vegas Raiders second-round draft pick. After three years with the team, he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. Mullen played eight games with the Cardinals before being released in mid-December. The Cowboys claimed him on waivers a day later, but he only played one game.

In the nine games he has played this season, Mullen has recorded 16 combined tackles, one stolen pass and one forced fumble.

Jackson has missed the Ravens’ last five regular season games and the Wild Card Round game with a PCL sprain.

Head coach John Harbaugh said at the season-ending press conference that he believed Jackson would be the team’s future quarterback. Harbaugh even said there’s a « 200% » chance that’s the case.

General manager Eric DeCosta, however, said he hopes contract negotiations will work out.

“Well, it definitely takes two to tango, but I think Lamar and I have a great relationship,” DeCosta said, h/t NFL.com. “I think we communicate quite often, we spent time together today actually. We spoke throughout the season on several occasions. These negotiations all play out differently. … I wouldn’t characterize the percentages of getting a deal or how long it will take, except to say we’ll communicate effectively, we’ll be as fair as we can be and we’ll try to get a deal done. Hopefully we can get there. »

It remains to be seen what the Ravens do when it comes to Jackson. Will they sign him for a contract extension? Or will they place the franchise tag on him?

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