Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta has stated once again that the Baltimore Ravens want to keep Lamar Jackson long-term. After failing to reach an agreement on an extension in the previous two years, the Ravens and Jackson are again negotiating.
The Ravens keep insisting they want Jackson but the two sides have been unable to strike a deal on a new contract. "We want Lamar here. We want him back. Living in a world without a QB is a bad world to live in," DeCosta said, per Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network.
Ravens GM Eric DeCosta said he’s talked with Lamar Jackson recently and remains optimistic on getting a deal done.
“We want Lamar here. We want him back. Living in a world without a QB is a bad world to live in”.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) March 1, 2023
Why Jackson is still without a new contract?
Last September, it was reported that the Ravens offered Jackson a $250 million contract with $130 million guaranteed. Since then, there were reports indicating that Jackson wanted all of his money to be guaranteed.
Last week, ESPN sports analyst Stephen A. Smith shut down those rumors. "I was connected to Lamar Jackson's camp yesterday, and I was absolutely and emphatically assured Lamar Jackson has never asked for a fully-guaranteed deal.
Now, I don't want to sit up there and dispute or refute what other NFL insiders, for this network and beyond, are saying. I don't cover the NFL like that, they do. But I just want to make sure that I'm clear about I'm echoing what Lamar Jackson's camp said, because they reached out to me personally yesterday.
A) They have never asked for a fully guaranteed contract. B) The number that the Baltimore Ravens stopped at was $133 million guaranteed," Smith said on ESPN's First Take last week. Even if Jackson is not aiming to have all of his contract money guaranteed, the amount of guaranteed money still seems to be the issue for the two sides.
On ESPN, Smith told the Ravens that a player like Jackson deserves to have at least $200 million guaranteed in his new contract.