The Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension with star quarterback Lamar Jackson that will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history, according to multiple media reports.
The Ravens had already placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson for the 2023 season, but he had not found an offer with another team. The terms of the contract have not yet been reported.
“Let’s go. I can’t wait to be there. I can’t wait to light up M&T (Bank Stadium) for the next five years,” Jackson said in a post to social media.
From the man himself. @Lj_era8
— NFL (@NFL) April 27, 2023
Jackson requested a trade from Baltimore earlier this offseason while the two sides were at a standstill, but is now set to become a long-term member of the Ravens. He did not generate much interested from the league, with teams shying from his demand of a contract that matched the $230 million in guaranteed money the Cleveland Browns gave to Deshaun Watson in 2022.
Jackson, the 2019 AP NFL MVP has dealt with injuries over the past two go-arounds and missed the team’s last six games of this past campaign with a knee injury — including a Wild Card round playoff defeat to AFC North rival Cincinnati. Jackson didn’t even travel to that game, either, which created another storyline in the contract saga.
He threw for 2,242 yards, 17 scores, and completed 62.3% of his passes in 2022. Along with rushing for 764 yards and three scores. He’s been a gigantic part of the Ravens’ rushing game since his time in purple and black and wants to be paid accordingly.