LAMAR JACKSON AND RAVENS AGREE TO A FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION

2023-04-28 · 2 min read · NFL/Football
Lamar Jackson gree on five-year extension with the Ravens

Skysports | NBC Sports

After a testy few months of bickering with both sides seemingly at odds, the Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson have reached an agreement to keep the 2019 league MVP with the team for the foreseeable future.
The news came hours before teams across the NFL get set to make their selections for the draft in Kansas City, and it ends a feud which looked destined to end in a breakup.
Instead, the 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner will be back in Maryland, signing a five-year extension worth $260 million, with $185 million in guarantees.
His annual salary of $52 million makes Jackson the highest-paid player in the NFL at the moment, and the deal comes a mere 10 days after the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts signed a five-year $255 million contract and just over two weeks after Baltimore added Pro Bowl receiver, Odell Beckham.
Jackson was the Ravens’ first selection at the 2018 NFL Draft at #32, becoming the starting QB in Baltimore in his rookie campaign, replacing Joe Flacco.
The following year he would toss a league-high 36 touchdown passes, throwing for 3,127 yards while rushing for another 1,206 yards and seven scores.
In his five seasons as a Raven, Jackson has thrown for 12,209 yards in the regular season, 101 touchdowns and 38 interceptions, with 4,437 yards on the ground and 24 TDs over that span.
A two-time Pro Bowl pivot and a one-time All-Pro, Jackson said back on March 2 that he requested a trade from Baltimore before the club placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on him.
Reports indicated that Jackson was waiting to get more guarantees, and at long last, the star quarterback, who represented himself in the negotiations, got what he desired.
Both sides had until July 17 to reach a long-term agreement, or the former Louisville quarterback would play on the $32.416 million tender in 2023- and the other clubs could offer him a tender.
Injuries have plagued Jackson over the past couple of seasons as he missed the final six games of 2022 and their wildcard loss to the Cincinnati Bengals because of a PCL sprain.
Baltimore’s offense has revolved around the native of Pompano Beach, who is probably the most dynamic dual-threat in the NFL, with tremendous running ability and underrated for his arm strength and ability to pass in the pocket.
A seemingly relieved Jackson put out a video regarding the extension, saying:
“You know for the last few months, there’s been a lot of he say, she say, a lot of nail-biting, lot of head-scratching going on, but for the next five years, there’s going to be a lot of flock going on,” Jackson said before waving a football with the Ravens logo on it. “Let’s go, baby. Let’s go. Let’s go, man. Can’t wait to get there. Can’t wait to be there. Can’t wait to light up M&T [Bank Stadium] for the next five years, man. Let’s get it. “
Here's a video posted by the NFL:
Check out the actual Twitter video HERE
Jackson averages 63.4 rushing yards per game, over 20 yards per game more than Michael Vick.
The Ravens have made the playoffs in four of the five years that Jackson has been on the roster, capturing the AFC North in his first two campaigns.
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