Lamar Jackson has opened up on whether he actually wanted to leave Baltimore.
Jackson and the Ravens are finally on the same page after years of contractual animosity, with the parties agreeing to a five-year deal worth $260 million last week.
The Ravens placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on the quarterback in March, with Jackson later revealing he asked to be traded prior to the deadline development. While he was tagged, other teams had a free shot at Jackson; and had he agreed to move elsewhere, the Ravens would have either matched the offer sheet or taken two first-round draft picks in exchange.
As the QB found out, the market wasn’t very active, probably due to the fact that he does not have an agent. Fortunately for him, he did not need representation to land the most lucrative contract in NFL history.
Jackson put pen to paper before speaking to reporters on Thursday and would claim he never actually wanted to leave.
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“I didn’t really care for other teams,” he said. “I just really wanted to get something done here. Other teams are cool, but I wanted to be a Raven.”
The former MVP added that he wants to deliver on his promise to Baltimore and bring the city a Super Bowl, also insisting he wants to finish his career with the Ravens.
“I said something, 2018, and I meant that,” he remarked. “I’m standing on that. Before my time is up, before I branch off somewhere else, I really want to finish my career here, win a Super Bowl here.”WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.