Ravens teammates stump for Lamar Jackson to get deal

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Whereas some have expressed uncertainty about the way forward for Lamar Jackson outdoors the Baltimore Ravens’ facility, his teammates strongly supported their beginning quarterback after Monday’s ultimate crew assembly of the season.

A day following the Ravens’ 24-17 wild-card loss on the Cincinnati Bengals, the gamers expressed optimism that Jackson can be again in Baltimore subsequent season and stated he did every thing he may to return from a knee damage.

“You can’t let a guy like him go,” Ravens defensive finish Calais Campbell stated. “There’s always some new, exciting kid that has potential to go out there and be great. But this is a business of ‘for sures’ and ‘knowns,’ and you know who Lamar Jackson is. I think it’s in the best interest of the Ravens organization to give him a long-term contract and make him ‘the guy.'”

Jackson’s contract scenario is the largest storyline for the Ravens and maybe your complete NFL. Jackson and the Ravens can now resume negotiations on a long-term deal after suspending talks in the beginning of the common season.

Now, Baltimore must determine whether or not to achieve a long-term cope with Jackson, put the franchise tag on him or look to commerce him. After Jackson completed out the fifth-year choice of his rookie deal this season, the Ravens have lower than two months to work on a contract extension earlier than they’ve to make use of the franchise tag on him in early March to maintain him from changing into an unrestricted free agent.

“In my mind, I know he’s going to be here,” Ravens left deal with Ronnie Stanley stated. “He’s a competitor. He wants to win. This is his team, and this is his offense. The money is not the most important thing with Lamar. He really wants to win, contrary to popular belief.”

Jackson missed the final six video games with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee, and the Ravens struggled mightily on offense with out him. Baltimore failed to attain greater than 17 factors in a recreation throughout Jackson’s absence.

Some NFL analysts, together with former quarterback Michael Vick, prompt that Jackson ought to placed on a brace and assist Baltimore within the postseason.

“The outside world, and all the different narratives that people paint in their minds, sometimes it’s humorous,” Campbell stated. “Lamar Jackson is a guy who loves the game of football, and I truly believe he worked as hard as he could to give himself a chance to play.”

As Baltimore security Chuck Clark added, “He’s not healthy. You’ve seen him barely walking here. You can’t force somebody to play.”

Jackson’s sturdiness has turn into a serious concern. Courting to Week 15 of 2021, he has been sidelined for 10 of Baltimore’s previous 22 video games.

On Thursday, Jackson tweeted the severity of his damage, writing that he “suffered a PCL Grade 2 Sprain on the borderline of a strain 3.”

“When you do this at a high level, you know if you can be effective or not,” Stanley stated. “I trust Lamar.”

Final week, Ravens large receiver Sammy Watkins implied to The Washington Publish that Jackson can be again on the sphere if not for a contract standoff with the crew. On Monday, Watkins clarified his remarks, saying, “If a guy is hurt and can’t play, he shouldn’t be out there. I was just very selfish in saying, ‘Shoot, I hope he plays, and I hope he hobbles out there.’ It was nothing personal. He said something to me the other day. We laughed about it.”

Jackson didn’t journey with the Ravens for his or her playoff recreation in Cincinnati. He has been coping with an sickness, a supply stated.

Jackson didn’t stroll into the locker room on Monday throughout the hourlong media availability.

“I hope that he’s going to be back. That’s my guy,” Ravens tight finish Mark Andrews stated. “I have nothing but love and respect for No. 8 as a person, as a player and as a friend.”