Any speculation about whether quarterback Lamar Jackson would sit out of Ravens training camp until he signed a contract extension was apparently put to rest Thursday.
The 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player arrived at the Ravens’ facility in Owings Mills five days before veterans report for training camp.
Jackson, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, was voluntarily absent from organized team activities but attended mandatory minicamp, where he will not commit to training camp or a contract extension. will play in Week 1 without
“It’s part of the conversation,” Jackson said last month.
With a recent video of Jackson at the team’s facility, however, it appears he will be in attendance for the first day of practice on Wednesday.
Jackson, who was named to his second Pro Bowl after passing for 2,882 yards with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and rushing for 767 yards and two scores in an injury-riddled 2021 season, was named to his second Pro Bowl by the Ravens this year. Will receive $23 million guaranteed after picking up. A fifth-year option last April.
According to SpotrockJackson’s market value, based on his age, contract status and statistical production, is calculated at five years, $215.6 million with an annual salary of $43.1 million, making him one of the highest paid players in the league. will
This number may increase thereafter. ESPN reported. On Thursday quarterback Kyle Murray, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and the Arizona Cardinals agreed to a five-year, $230.5 million contract extension with $160 million guaranteed. His deal will average $46.1 million per season — the second-highest annual salary in the NFL behind only Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers ($50.3 million) — and keep him in Arizona through the 2028 season.
In February, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said the team was moving at “Lamar’s speed.” in contract negotiations. Ravens officials have said they are committed to signing Jackson to a long-term extension, but if a deal can’t be reached, the team is expected to place the franchise tag on the 2018 first-round pick next year.
This season, the non-exclusive franchise tag — which allows a player to deal with another team — is $29.7 million for quarterbacks. If the salary cap increases by 15 percent in 2023, that number could reach nearly $34 million. The exclusive franchise tag, which is based on the average salary of the five highest-paid players at the position, is expected to be around $45 million. 2023.
Jackson, who is representing himself without an agent, has kept his discussions with the Ravens private. When repeatedly asked about his contract during minicamp, Jackson simply said, “We’re negotiating.”
Although Jackson said he wasn’t concerned about other players’ contracts, Murray’s contract added to the intrigue over whether Jackson would be the next star quarterback to receive a big payday.
There is also the question of whether Jackson will participate in practice next week. His next move A training camp can be a “hold-in.”
Under the NFL’s latest collective bargaining agreement, which was ratified in 2020, players who refuse to attend training camp face stiff penalties. Requires teams to fine players who are not under contract $50,000 per day for absences. (That would include Jackson, who is set to play on a fifth-year option.) Because training camp technically runs from the team’s mandatory reporting date to the Sunday before its first regular-season game, The holdout could cost veterans more than $2 million..
With little recourse, players in search of new contracts have attended training camp. Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker TJ Watt attended every training camp practice last summer but did not fully participate, sometimes working with Pittsburgh’s strength and conditioning coaches instead of competing in team drills. Days before the Steelers’ self-imposed contract deadline for the season opener, he signed a four-year, $112 million extension — including $80 million guaranteed — that made Watt the NFL’s highest-paid player. Made a protector.