With the franchise tag deadline of March 7 rapidly approaching, the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson are reportedly no nearer to agreeing on a brand new contract. Maybe most troubling for Ravens’ followers, the group has offered Jackson with their “finest supply,” in keeping with Josina Anderson of CBS Sports activities.
“As of proper now, the Ravens have their finest supply on the desk,” Anderson stated. “The context to that’s that it’s nonetheless pending, getting extra suggestions from Lamar’s facet on their newest proposal.”
It’s unclear if the Ravens’ most up-to-date supply will meet Jackson’s calls for for a totally assured deal. However from the sound of issues, negotiations aren’t any farther alongside than they had been months in the past.
With the chance of the 2 sides agreeing on a contract dropping by the hour, Anderson says the Ravens are nonetheless figuring out whether or not or not they’ll use the unique or the non-exclusive tag on Jackson.
Utilizing the unique tag would lock Jackson right into a $45 million wage for the 2023-24 season, that means that any group signing him would probably must cough up greater than two first-round picks — plus the anticipated monster contract that will include such a transfer. The Ravens would owe Jackson $32 million subsequent season on the non-exclusive tag, costing a group that indicators him a pair of first-rounders.
Hitting Jackson with the franchise tag does include the numerous danger that he could refuse to signal and as a substitute resolve to carry out. After taking part in out his fifth-year choice, Jackson in all probability isn’t eager on rolling by way of primarily one other prove-it 12 months for Baltimore and will power a commerce if the connection with the Ravens turns into irreparable.
If the Ravens and Jackson resolve to half methods, a number of organizations have already expressed curiosity within the former MVP, together with the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, and Detroit Lions.