NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported earlier this month that the Ravens “are aiming to get it done prior to training camp” and that it’s their “No. 1 priority.”
Seeing as though the Ravens are set to open up training camp on July 15th, that gives them less than a month to come to terms on an agreement.
Combine that with the obstacles presented by Jackson’s lack of an agent and this is certainly a situation worth monitoring.
The Ravens hope to get Lamar Jackson extended as soon as possible.
The Ravens don’t necessarily need to extend Jackson this offseason. The former MVP is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract and the team has already picked up his fifth-year option.
But with the likes of Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield likely receiving extensions in the near future, Jackson probably won’t be too far behind. He might even be the trend-setter of the three.
It might be in the Ravens’ best interest to wait and see what the price tag and layout is for Allen’s extension. That’s especially true given that Jackson and his family will be the ones negotiating his contract.
There has never been a contract of this size negotiated without an agent in NFL history — it will be unprecedented in many ways. That’s why it makes some sense to wait until Allen signs his extension.
But from the Ravens’ perspective, they just want this done as soon as possible so that they can move on to “several other orders of business,” as Garafolo put it.
Both Jackson and the Ravens have publically said all the right things. Jackson continues to insist that he wants to play in Baltimore “forever” and the organization has reitered that extending Jackson is a top priority.
This one will get done sooner rather than later. It’s only a matter of time.
But will it happen before the team reconvenes for training camp? That much remains to be seen.