June 26, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • The Ravens stay assured of their possibilities in having Lamar Jackson re-sign on a long-term deal
  • Ravens GM Eric DeCosta has beforehand expressed his issues in regards to the offensive line and secondary
  • Convincing Jackson may change into simpler as soon as the workforce exhibits enchancment, particularly in defending the quarterback

There’s a renewed confidence inside the Baltimore Ravens group that the workforce’s No. 1 quarterback Lamar Jackson will signal an extension deal earlier than the 2022-23 season begins.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler supplied an replace relating to the Jackson state of affairs on “Get Up” and that he had spoken with any person inside the franchise with data of the place issues stand between Jackson and the Ravens.

“They’re (Baltimore Ravens) decided to do a long-term take care of Lamar Jackson. They really feel assured that it will occur finally, however the Ravens have form of put this in Lamar Jackson’s courtroom,” mentioned Fowler. “They mentioned: ‘Hey, if you’re prepared to speak some particulars, come again to us. We are going to hash this out.’ Lamar Jackson has not achieved that but. Possibly that is strategic.”

Jackson and the Ravens have been at this level of their working relationship since contract talks stalled out forward of the beginning of the 2021-22 NFL season.

A significant cause why negotiations have taken so lengthy is as a result of in contrast to {most professional} athletes, Jackson has chosen to signify himself and determined to forego having an agent.

In layman’s phrases, it signifies that Jackson is the one negotiating his personal offers and dealing with his personal issues with regards to his profession.

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Fowler additionally famous that the Ravens have about 5, six months to get a deal achieved with Jackson earlier than he will get locked into the final yr of his rookie-scale contract and the franchise is extra centered on free company.

The Ravens have 25 free brokers, most of them unrestricted, and basic supervisor Eric DeCosta and his workers have the unenviable job of figuring out which gamers to maintain.

Normal consensus amongst Ravens followers is that the workforce must improve its offensive line throughout the board as they gave up 56 complete sacks, 38 to Jackson, and 18 to backup quarterback Tyler Huntley.

DeCosta recently acknowledged the necessity to have an improved offensive line and secondary because the Ravens look to make an enormous splash within the coming season.

Rumors have additionally surfaced that the workforce may be bringing again Ryan Jensen underneath heart who was named to the 2021 Professional Bowl for the primary time in his profession, shifting Bradley Bozeman to one of many sort out spots in the event that they get to re-sign him.

Again in February, Ravens workforce author Clifton Brown floated some concepts on the gamers that they may goal through the 2022 NFL draft in late April with their 10 draft picks, together with the 14th general decide.

Ought to the Ravens make good on their enhancements to the offensive line, Jackson signing a long-term deal is probably not that far off.

Normal supervisor Eric DeCosta of the Baltimore Ravens seems on from the sidelines in opposition to the Cleveland Browns at M&T Financial institution Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Picture: Rob Carr/Getty Photos

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