Lamar Jackson tweets he loves Baltimore Ravens, cites ‘false story’ about uncertain future

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Lamar Jackson wants to put an end to all speculation that he is leaving the Baltimore Raven.

Amid negotiations over a long-term contract stalled and uncertainty over whether Jackson has his sights set on free agency in 2025, the star defender tweeted Wednesday that he loves Raven and cited a “false story” that he was considering leaving the franchise.

This tweet comes at a time when Jackson has shown no interest in being involved in contract renewal negotiations.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Eric DeCosta have both said this season that the team is committed to signing Jackson for the long term, but the former league MVP has expressed no urgency when it comes to a deal. new. DeCosta said on March 2 that he had communicated with Jackson once via text message in the past month.

Jackson, 25, is entering his fifth year selection, which will pay him $23.016 million this season. If the parties cannot reach a contract extension next season, Baltimore will have to tag the franchise to Jackson to prevent him from becoming a free agent.

Bisciotti said Tuesday that he does not see Jackson signing an extension before the start of the 2022 season “unless he changes his mind” and described Jackson’s decision to wait as “unique.”

“We’ll pay him when he’s ready,” Bisciotti said.

Bisciotti, who hasn’t spoken to Jackson about his contract yet, wondered if Jackson would go down the same path as Kirk Cousins, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to get a franchise card in years. consecutively before leaving to sign with the Minnesota Vikings in free agency.

“And that gives me three years to win the Super Bowl, so you can make me $60 million in precious quarterbacks, because that’s four years away,” Bisciotti said.

Bisciotti later added that Jackson “is a one-of-a-kind cat and what do you do with a guy who wants to be unique?”

“You shouldn’t beat him to being a conformist,” says Bisciotti. “We treat him like we take him. We appreciate him. All I know is that his teammates love him and the front office loves him. It’s like. , ‘You just keep being Lamar’s friend, and we’ll make it work somehow.'”

Bills defender Josh Allen, who was in Jackson’s 2018 draft class, signed a six-year, $258 million extension last summer that averages $43 million per season and includes $100 million dollars are guaranteed.

The cryptocurrency market has since skyrocketed; Aaron Rodgers has become the highest-paid quarterback this season with contracts averaging $50 million per year, and Deshaun Watson has set a record with a $230 million fully guaranteed contract .

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Luke Plunkett

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