WHY LAMAR JACKSON HASN'T ACCEPTED RAVENS' $230M-PLUS OFFER
Jackson, 25, allegedly insisted on accepting a contract extension that was more expensive than Kyler Murray's ($230.5 million), but negotiations have reportedly stalled because the star quarterback demands a fully guaranteed contract, according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.
The Ravens, who beat the Arizona Cardinals 24-17 on Sunday to extend their improbable preseason winning streak to 22 games, are attempting to finalise a contract before Jackson's self-imposed Week 1 deadline passes.
Given that Jackson and his mother, Felicia Jones, are both representing themselves, Glazer described the situation as a "uphill battle."
Jackson skipped earlier offseason voluntary workouts before showing up for obligatory minicamp in July. Although it was anticipated, he has yet to play for Baltimore in a preseason game.
Jackson observed the Sunday performance of backup quarterbacks Tyler Huntley and Anthony Brown from the sidelines. Brown ended 10-for-13 for 91 yards and two touchdowns while Huntley went 13-for-14 for 129 yards and one.
Huntley, 24, became a free agent undrafted in 2020 and signed with the Ravens. Brown, who is also 24 years old, started for Oregon last season before signing with Baltimore as a UDFA in May.
Over the past three seasons, Jackson has averaged 2,922 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 9.3 interceptions, and a 100.1 quarterback rating while completing 65% of his passes. During that time, he has also averaged 5.3 running touchdowns and 992.7 rushing yards a season.
The Ravens, who finished the 2021 season in last place in the AFC North with an 8-9 record, are preparing for a comeback season. Baltimore lost its final six games of the season while Jackson missed those games due to an ankle injury he sustained in December.
With his rookie contract about to expire, Jackson will receive almost $23 million in 2022.
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