Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh looks optimistic about star defender Lamar Jackson’s future as he told reporters in July that “both sides are very motivated to get the job done” as it relates to Jackson signing a long-term extension with the club before he plays into his rookie final year. contract.
However, the parties have yet to come to an agreement and it is assumed that the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player will not continue to negotiate through the opening game of the regular season this coming Sunday at the New York Jets. Jackson basically confirmed that news while speaking to members of the media on Wednesday.
“We’re still talking,” Jackson commented on the situation, according to Michael David Smith by Pro Football Talk. “The week isn’t over yet, but it’ll be soon. Maybe there’s a deadline soon. Maybe it’ll be cut after this week.”
Jackson is serving as his own representative for the discussions and added that he doesn’t know how close he and the Ravens are to putting pen to paper for a deal. It was report earlier in the day that “there is a pessimistic measure” regarding contract negotiations and there is currently no indication that the two sides will reach a resolution before the end of the first week of the campaign.
Insiders have previously stated that Raven will use the franchise tag to retain Jackson’s rights through the 2023 season if necessary.