Eric DeCosta on Lamar Jackson’s contract: Nothing’s really changed on that front

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Quarterback Lamar Jackson is entering the final year of his contract, playing on the fifth-year option in 2022.

While Ravens front-office personnel all the way up to team owner Steve Bisciotti have expressed a willingness to extend Jackson, the quarterback has yet to engage the club in meaningful negotiations. Jackson does not have an agent and is representing himself.

As PFT reported at the beginning of the month, Jackson has told the Ravens that he’s currently too focused on having his best possible year and that he doesn’t want to do a deal until the 2022 season is over.

So it’s not entirely a surprise that G.M. Eric DeCosta said he didn’t have much of an update on Jackson’s contract when asked about it on Saturday afternoon.

“Nothing’s really changed on that front,” DeCosta said in his press conference. “I’m really excited because we’re excited about Lamar. He’s been working quite a bit out in California, down in Florida. We are getting great reports. We talk to him all the time, check in with him all the time. Talk to other players. And I believe — and I think coach feels this way — that we are really poised to have a great year on offense.”

Jackson won an MVP award in 2019 and has earned his way into being one of the highest-paid players in the league. He’s set to make $23 million guaranteed in 2022 playing on the fifth-year option.

19 responses to “Eric DeCosta on Lamar Jackson’s contract: Nothing’s really changed on that front

  1. Funny how people are saying Lamar is an idiot in how he is handling his contract situation, but it’s actually the Ravens’ brass who is sweating. Do ya thing Lamar. By the time you are done with them, 60 mil a year.

  2. Lamar is smarter than you think. He’s going to break the contract record somewhere, just maybe not in Baltimore.

  3. Lamar Jackson need only look in his division to see what can happen. Baker Mayfield tried to give his all, got hurt, tried to “muscle” through it…now he can’t find a team. And he can actually pass the football.

  4. “Lamar is smarter than you think. He’s going to break the contract record somewhere, just maybe not in Baltimore.”

    The problem is he thinks he’s smarter than he is.

  5. Like usual you get to enjoy the first couple rounds of the draft and then you spend the last rounds listening to them Yap over every pick!

  6. ‘Lamar is smarter than you think’

    This certainly wouldn’t take much.

  7. nite2al says:
    April 30, 2022 at 6:01 pm
    Funny how people are saying Lamar is an idiot in how he is handling his contract situation, but it’s actually the Ravens’ brass who is sweating. Do ya thing Lamar. By the time you are done with them, 60 mil a year.
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    I doubt the Ravens brass is sweating it, nor will he get $60 million a year. He’s under contract this season and could be tagged each of the next two. None of those would cost 60. If Jackson suffers a major injury without a new contract… well, who is going to be sweating it? RBs are plentiful to replace him with.

  8. nite2al says:
    April 30, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Funny how people are saying Lamar is an idiot in how he is handling his contract situation, but it’s actually the Ravens’ brass who is sweating. Do ya thing Lamar. By the time you are done with them, 60 mil a year.

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    I don’t think he’s an idiot, but I’m not sure about your assessment. He’s coming off his worst season to date, with availability being his biggest problem. They just traded their WR1 because he didn’t want to play in the system they’ve built around Jackson.

    I doubt they want to sign him for 10 years, and I doubt they’re going to max him out on franchise-tag pay. So it seems to me he has a window to sign that is closing sooner than later. He’s extremely talented, but how many other teams would want to reshape their entire offense around him?

    Look at their draft. It wasn’t built around Jackson. It was about solidifying the foundation. That tells me they are preparing for a future without him.

  9. I know this is hard for Balto fans to understand, but 99% of the population outside of Baltimore recognizes Lamar’s huge flaws and sees him for what he is: a highly athletic, but gimmick QB who can’t throw and will never bring you success in the playoffs for a lot of reasons. And DeCosta knows this too, which is why he’s letting WRs go and focusing on defense again. Lamar will be a starter for one more year and I think that will be it. He was truly awful last year, he’s multiple years removed from his MVP season, defenses have adjusted entirely, and he’s now injured. This won’t end well, and DeCosta is way too smart to spend a lot of money on Lamar. The excuses for Lamar’s poor play never seem to end for Ravens fans, but it’s obvious to everyone else who can look at him objectively.

  10. I’ve been an LJ8 fan from the get go. But his latest antics are becoming a worry. ME FIRST is short-lived and every one loses. TEAM FIRST is sustainable and keeps butts in the seats. My prediction: LJ8 is franchised next year and that’s it for his stay in Baltimore. Baltimore will draft a QB next year and move on, and I’m ok with that. LJ just hasn’t grown up to be a real man. He was more humble, looked and behaved more like a man in college.

  11. Any QB, regardless of whether he can run or not, who can’t read defenses and get past your first or second read, then it’s only a matter of time before the league swallows you up. The only reason it hasn’t for Lamar is bc of the coaching staff, roster and his ability to run. It will result in regular season wins and maybe one playoff win a year, but it will never result in anything more than that. QBs who win Super Bowls read defenses with their head and arm, not their legs. Facts. Get your big money now bc this will be your only chance at it. You aren’t as fast at 30.

  12. chue says:
    April 30, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Lamar Jackson need only look in his division to see what can happen. Baker Mayfield tried to give his all, got hurt, tried to “muscle” through it…now he can’t find a team. And he can actually pass the football
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    Only one thing wrong with your assessment. Mayfield ain’t the caliber QB that Lamar is and teammates hate him. Dudes rally around Lamar.

  13. And the Ravens’ brass is sweating, you didn’t hear their comments after the Watson deal? They know they have to do better, plain and simple QB economics. Lamar has more playoffs, MVP and no baggage = $$$. But you guys think like Lamar haters, not like NFL owners and GMs. People want to see Lamar play. He puts busts in seats and brings nationally televised games. What? You think people want to see Ryan Fitzpatrick play every Sunday?? And if Baltimore won’t pay up, some team will. Sad to say, but so many of you are hoping he gets injured and lose money. I wish that on no NFL player. I route against Tom Brady every weekend, but at the same time, I love to see him suit up.

  14. Remenber Lamar, RG3 was you before you and we know what happened to him! With teams finally figuring you out it only takes one hit to take millions from you!Be wise, sign a contract that benefits you and the team and then find a QB guru (Jordan Palmer) to try to teach you to be more of a pocket passer.

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