BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson contract negotiations are lingering in training camp, and the Baltimore quarterback says that at some point it might be time to put those talks on hold.
“There will probably be a cut at some point, yes,” Jackson said Thursday.
The latest update from the Ravens’ star quarterback wasn’t exactly earth-shattering: yes, negotiations are underway. No, he wasn’t going to post details on things like guaranteed money. Yes, he thinks a deal will eventually be done, and yes, he hopes it will be before the season.
Probably the most important takeaway is the fact that Jackson seems willing to impose a deadline on negotiations. It’s not a huge shock – contract talks during the season may be a distraction – but it does suggest that if the Ravens don’t strike a long-term deal with him soon, this saga could drag on. next offseason.
“I can talk to both teams, and both teams are very motivated to get the job done,” coach John Harbaugh said. “So, I feel like that’s kind of where it’s at.”
This season is Jackson’s fifth-year option, and it’s surprising his contract status remains so uncertain. Josh Allen, another star quarterback drafted the same year as Jackson, signed his big extension last offseason. Kyler Murray received one earlier this month, and he was drafted a year after Jackson.
However, the fact that this negotiation proceeds differently does not mean that it must cause a drama.
“If Lamar isn’t worried about the contract, nobody should be worried about the contract,” receiver Rashod Bateman said. “It’s not up to us. We’ll let whoever takes care of it take care of it. We’re just going to play football. That’s what we’re called to here, and that’s what we’re going to focus on.
The franchise tag means the Ravens don’t have to worry too much about losing Jackson after this season, and neither team has publicly shown any significant acrimony. Jackson missed the voluntary OTAs but was in attendance for the mandatory minicamp, and he was on the field for the start of training camp this week.
“I want to win, at the end of the day. I just want to be awesome,” he said. “I just want to work with my brothers, at the end of the day. I don’t want to let them hang. It is not me. It was never me.
Jackson seems comfortable with the fact that negotiations between him and the team have generally remained private.
“I don’t like the people in my company at all. It’s my business,” he said. “If I wanted it there, I’d put it myself, if anything.”
Harbaugh said TE Charlie Kolar will undergo sports hernia surgery next week. The Ravens drafted Kolar in the fourth round this year from Iowa State.
“He had a sports hernia in college and had surgery. They’re also going to do that one again,” Harbaugh said. “It’s just something that’s not too different from Rashod Bateman last year. , who had the persistent problem coming from college. So let’s clean it up now. I would have liked to have it cleaned sooner, but we didn’t really get it sooner. I think he felt like he could handle it, but it got to the point where it needs to be fixed.
Bateman missed the first five games of last season.
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