John Harbaugh: Lamar Jackson was close to returning

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The subject of the majority of the questions at Thursday’s press conference with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and General Manager Eric DeCosta was quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Jackson’s future with the team after playing out the final year of his rookie deal was one big topic and the knee injury that kept him out of the final six games of this season was another leading one. The combination of the two things led to some speculation that Jackson’s absence was tied to his injury, but Harbaugh said on Thursday that Jackson was close to returning and suggested the quarterback could have been in the mix for this week if the Ravens had advanced.

General Manager Eric DeCosta was asked directly about a link between the contract situation and Jackson’s absence. He said his “feeling is no” correlation between the two because Jackson was injured.

DeCosta also said he saw no reason why Jackson would not be ready to be the Ravens’ quarterback for Week One next season and Harbaugh said he didn’t think the injuries that ended Jackson’s last two seasons were a reason to be concerned about his availability in the future, but that’s one of many questions about the future in Baltimore that will be best answered by seeing Jackson back on the field after his extended absence.

17 responses to “John Harbaugh: Lamar Jackson was close to returning

  1. Harbaugh said on Thursday that Jackson was close to returning and suggested the quarterback could have been in the mix for this week if the Ravens had advanced.

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    Better to not give a press conference than look this stupid. You have Jackson tweeting out that his knee still isn’t stable less than a week ago on a 3-4 week injury that happened almost 8 weeks ago. He wasn’t close to returning.

    It was either contract related or it wasn’t. If it wasn’t then he wasn’t close to returning and he should be seeing multiple specialists as to why the injury is taking so long but he’s not as far as the team or Jackson have announced.

  2. After this prove-it year, I don’t see how you can break the bank for this QB. He has missed the end of two seasons limiting the ability of the team to move deep into the playoffs. This screws the team with dollar repercussions for both players and team. How can you trust him, or his body, to lead the team at this point?

  3. Typical egos of some of these players. I don’t need an agent. If he HAD, had an agent he would have signed a pretty huge long term contract LAST summer. NOW he’s at the mercy of the Ravens moving in from him…..

  4. Lamar would not be playing this week without a full guaranteed contract. He is flat-out holding out.

  5. You’re Baltimore’a owner and you’re paying Jackson $1.3+ mil per game. How would you feel if Jackson would have decided to play last Sunday if he was just paid more? How would you feel if you were paying him for that game and he didn’t even show up to offer support for his teammates?

  6. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    January 19, 2023 at 4:05 pm
    Typical egos of some of these players. I don’t need an agent. If he HAD, had an agent he would have signed a pretty huge long term contract LAST summer. NOW he’s at the mercy of the Ravens moving in from him…..

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    This doesn’t make sense. We have seen players like Kirk Cousins and Baker Mayfield bet on themselves and turn down big contracts before. Worked out well for Cousins (not so well for the Vikings) and horribly for Mayfield. Jackson’s has been better on and off the field than Watson so it makes sense to expect more money than Watson. According to reports the Ravens offered 100 million less guaranteed.Even two franchise tags will be a $100 dollars. The only thing that will stop Jackson from bigger payday is a catastrophic injury which could happen playing on a 75% healthy knee. There is risk on both sides. The Ravens could/should have signed him to an extension after year 3. The price has only gone up for QB. And Burrow, Herbert, and are eligible for extensions this off-season. What if one two or all three demands a fully guaranteed contract topping Watson? This is the second consecutive QB that the Ravens mishandled contract negotiations with.

  7. This is a very poor attempt at a smoke screen to drive up the bidding war or a very stupid team move by the Ravens. The Ravens just fired the OC, the guy who constructed and ran a whole offensive system around a very talented and very injury prone but very limited QB. Furthermore, the Ravens had to find two serviceable backup QBs for the roster who are running QBs just to support said srewy system. Lamar isn’t worth the headache and to this point the Ravens have gotten little to no returns to justify dumping buckets of cash in to Lamar and they should know that 5 years in. It would seem silly at best to go all in with 230M+ fully guaranteed for 5 years because the reality is there is no way Lamar can make it the full length of his contract without spending half of his time injured sitting on the bench injuried or chillin’ at home pouting when the team is playing playoff games or playing games that really matter towards the end of the season. Common sense would be to pump up the fake Lamar love hype, fleece some desperate team dumb enough to take him, and make Lamar someone else’s problem. Get a monster haul of picks and then revert back to some kind of traditional offensive system that any other QB in the NFL can run if needed instead of pigeon holing yourself with a one trick pony QB. It will be entertaining to see which way the dominos fall.

  8. Yeah John. And Anquan Boldin was going to return as WR1, also. Ravens in a heap of doo-doo: have to pay this guy & wreck cap. Or not pay him & build around Huntley & an absentee WR group. As Rambo was told : “it’s over, Johnny”.

  9. Sometimes it’s better to say nothing and be thought a fool………………………as he spoke, his nose grew longer and longer

  10. It just seems like Jackson is playing too many games. He can want any contract he wants, but it sure feels like he not only refused to play when he could’ve, but he didn’t even travel with the team. His teammates will support him publicly, sure, but that was a failure of his leadership. Guys will respect him wanting to get paid, but I’m sure he lost some of the locker room by staying home for a playoff game.

  11. According to former Ravens players, injured Players don’t fly with the team to away games.

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