Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says Lamar Jackson holding out is not an option. The new NFL season starts this Thursday and the Ravens have yet to work out an extension with Jackson. In his final season of his current contract, Jackson is set to earn $23 million.
Last month, Jackson underlined that he doesn't plan to hold any contract discussions with the Ravens when the new season starts. On Monday, Ravens coach Harbaugh was asked whether there's a chance of Jackson holding out without a new contract.
"No," Harbaugh answered, per ESPN. "Lamar has said he's focused on the season, he's under contract and he's going to have the best season he can have. He's hopeful to get a new contract and we're hopeful to get him a new contract.
All the rest of it is business. There is nothing other than coming to something that is mutually agreeable."
Harbaugh: I don't have any updates in the Jackson contract situation
Jackson doesn't have an agent and he is representing himself.
When reporters asked Harbaugh whether there has been any improvement between the two sides in contract talks, Harbaugh gave a politically correct answer as he simply said his job is to speak about Jackson about football.
"I don't have any updates," Harbaugh said. "My interactions with Lamar have been all football. He's been focused and locked in on that, 100 percent, from a football standpoint." But Harbaugh noted that he would like to see the Ravens and Jackson agree on an extension.
"He's hopeful to get a new contract; we're hopeful to get him a new contract," Harbaugh said. "But all the rest of it is business. There's nothing other than coming to something that's mutually agreeable.
That's the way that all of these deals are done. So, obviously, I'm very hopeful, and I know everyone is really hopeful to get it done."