Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tweeted on Monday that he requested a trade earlier this off-season. Jackson wrote in a series of tweets titled as a “letter” to his fans: “I want to first thank you all for all of the love and support you consistently show toward me. All of you are amazing and I appreciate y’all so much. I want you all to know not to believe everything you read about me Let me personally answer your questions in regards to my future plans. As of March 2, I requested a trade from the Ravens organization.” Jackson said the Ravens have “not been interested in meeting my value,” adding, “you all are great, but I had to make a business decision that was best for my family and I. No matter how far I go or where my career takes me, I’ll continue to be close to my fans of Baltimore flock nation and the entire state of Maryland. You’ll see me again.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who spoke to reporters at the annual NFL owners meeting Sunday in Phoenix, said he didn’t see Jackson’s tweets, but he anticipates he will be the Ravens starting quarterback in 202. When asked if he thinks Jackson will stay with the Ravens, Harbaugh said: “I do. You gotta plan for all the contingencies for sure, but I’m pretty fired up about Lamar Jackson. Lamar Jackson is a great player. He came back in great shape last year and was fired up to play. That’s the Lamar I’m looking forward to seeing. I can’t wait to getting back on the grass and go to work. I’m confident that’s going to happen.”
Baltimore general manager Eric DeCosta said earlier this month that the Ravens would continue to negotiate with Jackson for a long-term contract, and have until July 17 to agree to terms of a deal. The Ravens placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson in mid-March, which allowed Jackson to negotiate with other teams. However, the Ravens retain the right to match another team’s offer, and will receive two first-round draft picks if they decide not to match an offer. If Jackson decides to play in 2023 under the terms of the franchise tag, he would make an average of the Top 5 salaried quarterbacks from 2022 — $32.4 million.
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