The contract drama surrounding Ravens superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson is beginning to brew.
The 26-year-old former MVP, whose team was eliminated from the playoffs last weekend after her sat out with a PCL sprain, didn’t accept a $133 million guaranteed contract at the beginning of the 2022 season, according to ESPN’s Ryan Clark.
ESPN originally reported on the deal in September, saying Jackson passed on a five-year extension that would’ve paid him more than star quarterbacks such as Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson.
The new report surfaces as the clock begins to tick for both the Ravens and Jackson to come up with a new contract, especially after the two-time Pro Bowler bet on himself this season.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was optimistic about Jackson’s return, saying he’s certain the QB will agree to a long-term deal with Baltimore. The Ravens, however, recently parted ways with offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who was instrumental in creating a system that thrived with Jackson under center.
In 12 games with Baltimore, Jackson had another MVP-caliber season when he was healthy. He led the Ravens to an 8-4 record, throwing 2,242 yards on a 62.3 completion percentage.
Jackson, who is renowned as one of the league’s top running quarterbacks, also was efficient when he used his legs, averaging 6.8 yards per carry.