Baltimore Ravens, QB Lamar Jackson fail to reach agreement on new contract


Lamar Jackson turned down the Baltimore Ravens' offers for a contract extension and is now betting on himself this season. On Friday morning, the Ravens announced they were unable to come to an agreement on a new deal by the quarterback's self-imposed deadline. "Despite best efforts on both sides, we were unable to reach a contract extension with Lamar Jackson," Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement. "We greatly appreciate how he has handled this process and we are excited about our team with Lamar leading the way. We will continue to work towards a long-term contract after the season, but for now we are looking forward to a successful 2022 campaign." EDITOR'S PICKS What's next for Lamar Jackson? Assessing the options -- and the risks -- after contract talks end 9hJamison Hensley NFL Week 1 buzz: Predicting upsets and QBs to watch, plus a bold MVP and Super Bowl pick 2dJeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano Jackson, who is one of the few players in the NFL representing himself, had said he wanted to suspend talks before the start of the regular season. On Wednesday, he indicated that Friday would be the cutoff. "I'm confident that'll happen when it's time," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after practice Friday. "Lamar is going to be playing quarterback here for a long time. He and I talked about it yesterday like, 'Hey man, let's go be our best and go focus on football.' And that's what he's been doing all along. So I know nothing will change with that and we're just focused on Sunday." It was not expected that the sides would reach a deal before the start of the season. In March, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti acknowledged that Deshaun Watson's fully guaranteed $230 million deal with the Cleveland Browns would complicate future negotiations with quarterbacks. The gap in guaranteed money between Watson and the second-highest-paid quarterback, Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals, is $40.5 million.

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