Lamar Jackson was asked about his contract talks with the team as he enters the final season of his rookie deal. He said he is hopeful he and the team can agree to an extension before training camp starts at the end of July.
“Hopefully,” Jackson said via USA Today’s Safid Deen. “I’m not going to say ‘yeah’ right now. Hopefully. But it’s God’s timing.”
The 2019 NFL MVP was asked if he would pursue a holdout if he did not get a deal done.
“I don’t have that on my mind,” Jackson told USA Today’s Safid Deen.
For the upcoming season, Jackson is set to make $23 million and is in line for a hefty raise.
Jackson also addressed him changing his social media header to a photo that said “I Need $.”
“I don’t know why people are blowing it up. I just saw Bleacher Report post it. They just take anything that’s posted on social media and just blow it up, and try to think for you. I don’t take it too seriously,” Jackson said. “They’re making it seem like I’m talking to the Ravens when I’m not. Our contract discussion is going on already. But it ain’t about that though. I’m not putting my business life on social media. I won’t ever do that. I won’t put my personal life on social media. I’ll show stuff, but I won’t throw subliminal [messages] out. That’s not me.”
Last year, the Baltimore Ravens missed the playoffs due in part to a down year from Lamar Jackson and him dealing with injuries. Despite his numbers being down, he still made the Pro Bowl and went 7-5 as a starter.
In 2021, Jackson appeared in 12 games for the Ravens and completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,882 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 767 yards and two touchdowns.
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