John Harbaugh “totally certain” Ravens will sign Lamar Jackson to long-term deal

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has completed his third NFL season, which makes him eligible to sign a new contract with the team. Coach John Harbaugh has no doubt that will happen.

But Harbaugh isn’t sure when it will happen. He said today that he and General Manager Eric DeCosta have discussed Jackson’s long-term future in Baltimore and they’re on the same page about it, but there’s still work to do to get it done.

“Eric and I have talked about that and other contracts, so I’m very confident that Eric and those guys will do a great job,” Harbaugh said. “Absolutely, we want Lamar to sign a long-term deal and be with us. I’m totally certain that’s going to happen. When it happens, that’s the details. That’s what we’ve got to figure out.”

Last year two quarterbacks heading into their fourth seasons, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, signed long-term deals. Mahomes’ deal, despite its eye-popping half-billion-dollar price tag, was a great one for the Chiefs, as it locked in a generational talent for the rest of his prime. Watson’s deal is one that he may already regret signing, as he and the team are decidedly not on the same page about the direction of the franchise.

The Ravens are optimistic they can get a deal done with Jackson that will make everyone happy, although nothing is certain until the contract is signed.

48 responses to “John Harbaugh “totally certain” Ravens will sign Lamar Jackson to long-term deal

  1. The Ravens didn’t want to extend Flacco going into 2012 with six playoff wins. So now they’ll extend Lamar this offseason with 1 playoff win. Bisciotti continues to be on cruise control since 2014 and the media keeps giving him, Harbaugh and my Ravens a pass for abandoning their desire to win championships

  2. The GM is in a tough spot. If you sign him you doom the franchise with a subpar passer for years but if you let him walk or trade him you will upset his supporters.

  3. Best not to do a long term deal. If Lamar can’t run, he no good. He be out of the league within 3 years.

  4. Yikes…..Misssssstake !!!
    He’s a tremendous athlete and seems like a great young man, but not a QB.

    But please do.

    Signed, The AFC North

  5. It’s gonna be a 7yr 765 billion dollar contract and 700 billion will be fully guaranteed at signing

  6. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Lamar is great, it’s hard to go deep on playoff runs. He will get over the hump at some point. Ravens are lucky to have Harbaugh and Lamar.

  7. The Ravens are in a difficult situation. They have a young QB that just won MVP in his first 3 seasons. At the same time he has already hit his ceiling and has been a below average passer with bad accuracy. Extending him would be a bad decision. But they are literally between a rock and a hard place.

  8. zibet says:
    January 20, 2021 at 11:41 am
    The Ravens didn’t want to extend Flacco going into 2012 with six playoff wins. So now they’ll extend Lamar this offseason with 1 playoff win. Bisciotti continues to be on cruise control since 2014 and the media keeps giving him, Harbaugh and my Ravens a pass for abandoning their desire to win championships
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    As a Steelers’ fan, I agree with the gist of what you’re saying, and I could also apply the same sentiment to the Steelers front office. All of the regular season wins look great on paper but, let’s face it, when you have the talent in place to win a championship here and there, you need to seal the deal occasionally. Not get bounced out of the playoffs in round one or two. To me, a lot of that is on the coaches (game planning) and front office guys. Especially when it continually happens.

  9. Baltimore made a mistake signing Flacco to the post Super Bowl mega deal.

    If they sign Jackson to anything similar, it’ll be obvious that they learned nothing from the failed Flacco experiment.

  10. It’s scary how similar Lamar is to Michael Vick on the field. When teams bottle up his run game he isn’t a good enough passer to beat good teams. Signing Jackson to a long term, big extension is a disaster waiting to happen.

  11. Regardless of his athletic ability, there is a scary factor that might not be present with a top pocket passer.

  12. One knee orankle injury away from being a back-up. (ask RG3)
    Yes, everyone can get injured, but if you’re running all the time, someone will take you out. Just say’n. Won’t work in the NFL. Yes, running QB-s work in the NFL but only if they can pass. Please sign him to long term deal. –AFC North

  13. Get a new passing coordinator or fire Roman. If Lamar still has trouble in a new passing scheme/system that’s actually competent and we have a true #1 receiver, then it’s time to part ways. .

  14. Elite quarterbacks are more dangerous the longer they hold the ball in the pocket. Aaron Rodgers for example. The opposite is true for Lamar Jackson.

  15. I think I would wait and see what he does in this 4th season. I can’t help but see him as Kaepernick 2.0, a talented athlete but not a starting QB in the NFL. After defensive coordinators learned to plan against him, his success decreased dramatically.

  16. I don’t think they should sign him until after next season. Give him the off-season to work more on his passing game and install game plans that focus more on passing with running as a second thought. A decent WR may help too. Josh Allen took off when the Bills added Beasley and Diggs and focused him more on passing.

  17. Maybe he’ll break through from 25-30 to be better than an average passer. Maybe he won’t. What is certain though—it’s inevitable—is that he’ll lose a step or two and that’s regardless if he gets injured or not running around out there. It’s why running backs generally decline after 3 years and why Tom Brady and his “pliability” are still going to championship games at 43. Even Mahomes looked like Tyson trying to get up after the Buster Douglas beating the other day. Why? QB running in open space. Not good for career longevity. Things happen.

    If the passing acumen with Lamar doesn’t increase, you’re looking at some good but not great Ravens seasons in the future, and then a Cam Newton-like disappearance.

  18. Ricardo Cabesa says:
    January 20, 2021 at 11:43 am
    It’s Greg Roman they need to get rid of. He’s a QB career killer.
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    He built an offense that makes a RB look like a franchise QB, he should get a raise.

  19. “If they sign Jackson to anything similar, it’ll be obvious that they learned nothing from the failed Flacco experiment.”

    Well, RG3 is still available as a inexpensive option.

    Yea, that’s what I thought. Be careful what you ask for.

  20. I think sometimes people forget how young Jackson still is (Darnold, too). I wouldn’t write him off as a top QB just yet. Last season, it seemed like he was getting much better as a passer. But this year, it looked like he regressed a bit.

    No offseason and having covid didn’t help. Still, he needs to improve. Giving up on him now, when he obviously wins you games, seems foolish. But I’d want to see more development as a passer before signing him to a long-term deal. Oh, and get him a decent WR as well.

  21. The ravens are about to give a running back a quarterbacks contract. He is who he is at this point in his career, despite of what the media tries to tell you. Good luck with that.

  22. Too many fans have unrealistic expectations. It’s a zero sum league where only one team wins the championship. You’re just not going to get multiple titles every decade except in extremely rare circumstances. The Patriots were a massive anomaly where the GOAT QB, coach and one of the best front offices came together at the same time.

    I bet if you surveyed every team’s fans and asked them what number of wins they’d need to be happy you’d get like 400 wins combined, not the 256 that are actually available to go around. The Ravens have been a legit contender with Lamar every single year and that’s all you can really ask for. Once you get into the playoffs a lot of weird stuff can happen with a small sample size. Eventually you keep getting there and you’ll break through. That team could have absolutely won a SB.

  23. We have a guy who’s playoff failures are well documented, and we’ve all seen his shortcomings, but we like him, so we’re going to sign him long term. OK Baltimore he’s all yours

  24. Bills defense set the edge contained Jackson like any good team would, and forced the Ravens to pass more. Never once did they run a screen play to take advantage of the aggressive defense, no screens, no bubble screens, and never run the no huddle. Baltimore’s offense is as predictable and unimaginative as always. Lamar Jackson doesn’t read defenses well, and he is at best an average passer. Should be a receiver as he has the moves and speed for it. Give Jackson another year to prove he can do it. Don’t do the long term contract now.

  25. Funny how everyone is speaking for the AFC North while none those has a winning record against Jackson. Smh

  26. A big contract for Jackson would be a huge mistake. It is rare for a QB to be able to break a lot of bad habits and significantly improve as a passer. Roman has done a tremendous job of hiding Jackson’s deficiencies as a passer, but you can’t keep that up in the playoffs. A high school offense built around a running QB won’t beat a top NFL team.

  27. I am a Ravens homer and CANNOT see how he is our future. We need to draft a QB with an arm but bad technique. Technique and footwork can be refined but LJ is not PM. Draft one now or next year and develop. We got LJ for 5 years. You can franchise him year 6 and possibly 7 before being on the hook for a deal that can set back the franchise 2 or 3 years after he’s eventually cut. I love LJ, but he hit his ceiling and will not get this franchise to the Championship.

  28. Steve Young, Big Ben, Russell Wilson and John Elway are examples of running QBs who learned to be good/great pocket passers, using their mobility as a bonus.Cam, RGIII and Michael Vick those who didn’t, thinking they could run their way to a Lombardy.

  29. The rest of the AFC North would love that. if Jackson doesn’t quickly learn to be an actual passer, he will be a broken-bodied back-up by age 30.

  30. nite2al says:
    January 20, 2021 at 1:10 pm
    Funny how everyone is speaking for the AFC North while none those has a winning record against Jackson. Smh

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    Lamar is 1-1 versus the Steelers with win coming against Mason Rudolph.

  31. Well Derrick Henry is the best running back in the league, so he won’t be getting more than him in a new contract.

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