John Harbaugh: Lamar Jackson’s fifth-year option will be picked up

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Just three years into his NFL career, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson already has an MVP on his résumé, which would ordinarily make it go without saying that the team sees him as its long-term answer. But after a suggestion from NFL Media that the Ravens might draft quarterback Justin Fields with an eye toward moving on from Jackson, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about Jackson’s status today.

On The Rich Eisen Show, Harbaugh insisted that the Ravens are all-in on Jackson, whose fifth-year option for the 2022 season has not yet been officially picked up.

“Can I make that guarantee, right now, on your show?” Harbaugh said. “His fifth-year option will be picked up. Guarantee it.”

Harbaugh said he sees Jackson as a quarterback he can win a Super Bowl with, and that’s Jackson’s goal as well.

“He’s definitely going to be our quarterback, so that’s the plan, absolutely,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a very unique guy. He’s a guy who’s different than any quarterback who has ever played.”

17 responses to “John Harbaugh: Lamar Jackson’s fifth-year option will be picked up

  1. If they were committed to Lamar they would have signed him for an extension, it’s not bad paying your players you believe in for a better return of investment, picking up that 5th year option instead of paying him sends messages or having some doubts—

  2. Lamar Jackson will inevitably get his massive rich contract and after getting bumped early out of the playoffs a few more times…Baltimore will be looking to dump his contract. This will eventually be a Jared Goff level of regret for Raven’s fans.

  3. No-one doubts that his option will be picked up, or that he’ll get a ridiculously rich contract from the Ravens.

    But he won’t come close to winning a Super Bowl. Harbaugh does not seem to ever learn.

  4. fanindenial says:
    April 27, 2021 at 6:17 pm
    If they were committed to Lamar they would have signed him for an extension, it’s not bad paying your players you believe in for a better return of investment, picking up that 5th year option instead of paying him sends messages or having some doubts—

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    I disagree. While I am a huge fan of Lamar, he needs to demonstrate continued improvement in the passing game. I believe he will. He’s accomplished a lot (MVP), but with the Jared Goff reference and how huge QB contracts are, it’s financially prudent to see how much improvement we see in his passing and going through his progression. Also, when the defense puts 8 in the box, daring him to pass, he has to when a majority of the 1 on 1’s, or a good amount of them. I’m rooting for him

  5. They have to pay him. He is the only active player with a serious chance to break Peyton’s record for 9 one-and-dones… And he’s off to a great start!

  6. Fools Gold, he is the worst (passing) starting QB in the league.

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    He’s not worse than Cam Newton.

  7. Fools Gold, he is the worst (passing) starting QB in the league.

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    Have you met Drew Lock?

  8. “He’s different than any quarterback who’s ever played the game”

    Really? I wonder if Harbaugh actually believes this or he has some other motivation to speak such nonsense. No disrespect to Lamar but we have seen plenty of QBs just like him come into the league get hyped up as something never seen before only to washed up in a few years

  9. The Ravens are being smart here. Just recall the Flacco deal. Lamar has proven he can light it up with his arm against the bad teams. Now he needs to prove it against the top tier teams, and the coaches should let him sink or swim to get there.

  10. If a team could use this high school offence to win a super bowl they all would…we saw what happened to cam in the sb

  11. bmwk12gt says:
    April 28, 2021 at 12:06 am

    “He’s different than any quarterback who’s ever played the game”

    Really? I wonder if Harbaugh actually believes this or he has some other motivation to speak such nonsense. No disrespect to Lamar but we have seen plenty of QBs just like him come into the league get hyped up as something never seen before only to washed up in a few years
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    Great comment, you beat me to the punch on this one. Yeah, Lamar Jackson really is NOT “unique.” I have no idea why anyone would say something like that.

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