Ravens reiterate their desire to do a long-term deal with Lamar Jackson

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh and G.M. Eric DeCosta held a press conference on Thursday, to turn the page on the 2022 season and to embark on 2023. Both made it clear that they want quarterback Lamar Jackson to remain with the team in 2023, and beyond.

“We’re excited to start up negotiations with Lamar Jackson,” DeCosta said in his introductory remarks.

Still, it became clear from DeCosta’s answers to the various questions that it’s a  “challenge” (as he put it at one point) to negotiate with Lamar, who represents himself.

DeCosta spoke to the duality of “Lamar Jackson the agent” and “Lamar Jackson the player.” DeCosta emphasized that he loves Lamar the player. DeCosta didn’t say anything about his feelings toward Lamar the agent, which possibly says plenty.

DeCosta also began his answer to the question of his confidence that a deal will be done with Lamar: “It certainly takes two to tango.”

For Harbaugh’s part, he said that he definitely wants Lamar back. “One hundred percent, you know, 200 percent,” Harbaugh said. “Lamar Jackson is our quarterback. He’s been our quarterback.”

Harbaugh also made it clear that he’s not involved in the negotiation, and that like everyone else he’ll keep his fingers crossed and say prayers and hope it gets done.

“I want him here,” Harbaugh said, “Eric DeCosta wants him here, [owner] Steve Bisciotti wants him here, and Lamar wants to be here.”

But Lamar also wants a five-year, fully-guaranteed contract. DeCosta declined to confirm that fact, and he otherwise refused to discuss any of the details about the negotiations. He expressed pride that, but for “some details” leaked by the NFL Players Association last year, the talks have remained private.

DeCosta also wouldn’t talk about whether the team will entertain trade offers, and he said that he thinks “every day” about whether to use the exclusive franchise tag or the non-exclusive franchise tag on Lamar, if it comes to that. One would be much more expensive (roughly $45 million), but it would keep Lamar on the Ravens for 2023. The other would be cheaper (roughly $32 million), but it would open the door to a potential departure.

Nothing they said changes my own belief that, if a long-term deal can’t be done, the non-exclusive tag ultimately will be applied. And then Lamar will have a chance to get from another team the five-year, fully-guaranteed contract he can’t (and, barring a major shift in mindset, won’t) get from the Ravens.

20 responses to “Ravens reiterate their desire to do a long-term deal with Lamar Jackson

  1. Best for all involved he leaves.
    He’ll get his money
    Ravens get 2 1st round picks
    Fans hopefully get a mature qb in the future

  2. Management speak to keep his value up, what he really meant is we have zero intentions to give him the contract he wants or anywhere near that amount so we will tag him praying someone else is dumb enough to take him off our hands.

  3. You can bet that the raven’s offer to Lamar will be less than before. If they got rid of Roman, they have little use for Lamar.

  4. Do it! Pay through the nose for a guy who will never be above average as a passer and whose legs are nearing the shattering point.

  5. Not “Best for all involved he leaves”.
    I’m a Steelers fan who would like to see him stay and carry a $45M/yr nut.

  6. dirtnasty says:
    January 19, 2023 at 3:25 pm
    Translated: “We are actively shopping Lamar for 2 firsts”


    I would imagine this is the case. The firing of Roman sort of points that they’re changing QBs as well.

    I can’t imagine them expecting to get 2 1sts from anyone where that team then pays Jackson whatever he wants, which is probabluy in the 50 mil per year range.

    The Ravens can’t expect that so they’re one of the biggest binds I’ve ever seen. Then again, Cleveland did what they did with Watson, so it’s true it just takes ONE team to be dumb.

    The Jets come to mind right away. lol

  7. Yeah, about $50 Mill per should keep Lamar in Baltimore. And get the rest of the AFC smiling at the Ravens subsequent demolition of the salary cap.

  8. Here’s what I don’t get. Lamar Jackson wants a 5-year fully guaranteed contract. Last year he turned down a 6-year contract with $133 million guaranteed. Why? Seemingly because he wanted a Deshawn Watson-style ~$230 million guaranteed contract. But the one problem (of many) with this is that that kind of money will sink a franchise. The Cleveland Browns won’t get above .500 during the rest of the decade. Same with the Broncos. Meanwhile Brock Purdy is in this weekend’s division round. Had Lemar gotten an agent, he might have a contract in place and be satisfied with the terms. Is it worth the hassle, and the agent’s cut, to negotiate with an NFL team by yourself? He’d better be prepared to walk away with nothing, because the billionaires might call his bluff.

  9. Yeah good luck finding an OC who has to build a gimmicky offense around a diva QB who can’t play a full season can’t throw the ball accurately and takes off running when his first read isn’t there!

  10. Firing the OC and now John for the first time talking as if he wants to keep and work out a deal with Lamar. Sounds like the ownership and or GM wants Lamar and is telling the coaches who will be the QB. Oh well, should have kept Greg then, because at least he came up with an offense that was productive with running man. They can keep dealing with has been WRs too because nobody else is going to go there and have 500 yards as there best season. They want to get paid too. Oh, I forgot they would not get paid anyway after the ridiculous money Running man wants.

  11. If Lamar’s position is “I want a fully guaranteed contract” and won’t budge, then it’s impossible to actually negotiate. I’ve read that they offered him a huge contract last summer, but it wasn’t fully guaranteed so he turned it down.

    Given how his last two seasons have gone, it would be stupid to fully guarantee his contract. And I like Lamar, but he’s hurt himself tremendously by not having an agent.

    Also – say he gets to test the waters – without an agent it will make things much more difficult than they need to be.

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