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Ravens Team Stand Behind Lamar Jackson As Contract Remains Unclear

Lamar Jackson (Photo: Derik Hamilton)

Following the Baltimore Ravens’ season-ending team meeting on Monday, Lamar Jackson’s teammates rallied behind their quarterback amidst speculation about his future outside the organization.

After the Ravens’ 24-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild-card round, players expressed confidence that Jackson would return to Baltimore next season and praised his efforts to recover from a knee injury.

“You can’t let a guy like him go,” remarked Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell. “There’s always new, exciting talent, but in this business, you know who Lamar Jackson is. I think it’s in the Ravens’ best interest to secure him with a long-term contract and make him the centerpiece.”

Jackson’s contract status remains a focal point for the Ravens and the NFL. Negotiations on a long-term deal can now resume after being paused at the season’s start.

Baltimore now faces decisions on whether to sign Jackson long-term, use the franchise tag, or look for trade options.

With Jackson finishing the fifth year of his rookie deal this season, the Ravens have a limited window to secure an extension before potentially using the franchise tag in early March.

“In my mind, I’m certain he’ll be here,” affirmed Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley. “He’s a competitor, and he wants to win. This team is his, and this offense is his. Winning matters most to Lamar, contrary to what some may think.”

Lamar Jackson (Photo: Getty Images)

Jackson missed the last six games due to a knee injury, during which the Ravens struggled offensively, failing to score more than 17 points in any game.

Concerning calls for Jackson to return despite his injury, Campbell commented, “The outside world creates narratives, but Lamar Jackson loves football and gave his all to play.”

Safety Chuck Clark added, “He’s been visibly limited. You can’t force someone to play when they’re not healthy.”

Jackson’s durability has become a concern, having missed 10 of Baltimore’s last 22 games since Week 15 of 2021.

Jackson clarified his injury severity in a recent tweet, describing it as a Grade 2 PCL sprain on the verge of a Grade 3 strain.

“I trust Lamar’s judgment when it comes to his ability to play,” Stanley affirmed.

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins previously hinted at contract issues affecting Jackson’s availability but later clarified his remarks, emphasizing concern for Jackson’s well-being.

Jackson did not join the team for their playoff game due to illness, and he was absent from Monday’s media availability.

“I hope he returns. He’s my guy,” expressed Ravens tight end Mark Andrews. “I have immense respect for No. 8 as a person, player, and friend.”

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