Lamar Jackson Speaks, and It’s Not Great News for the Ravens

Lamar Jackson has taken to Twitter to provide fans with some insight into the injury that has kept him sidelined for the past month. And it’s not good news for the Baltimore Ravens.

Jackson thanked everyone for their support and concerns regarding his injury and confirmed that he is dealing with a Grade 2 or borderline Grade 3 PCL sprain. Additionally, Jackson said he is still dealing with inflammation surrounding his knee, ultimately making his knee too unstable to return to action.

So, no Lamar Jackson this weekend. And likely no Lamar Jackson for the rest of the postseason if the Ravens are lucky enough to survive the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend. Even worse for Ravens fans, if things don’t change on the extension negotiation front, we may have seen the former league MVP play his final game as a Raven.

Jackson is in the fifth and final season of his rookie contract with the Ravens. He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent unless Baltimore and Jackson have a negotiating breakthrough or the Ravens use the franchise tag on Jackson. The exclusive quarterback franchise tag for the 2023 season would pay Jackson $45.2 million and give the two sides another year to determine the long-term plan.

Jackson reportedly turned down a five-year offer worth $250 million with $133 million fully guaranteed before cutting off negotiations shortly before the regular season started because he wanted a fully guaranteed contract.

The offer had the second-highest average yearly salary and money fully guaranteed ever in an NFL contract. The fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million contract the Browns gave quarterback Deshaun Watson in connection with his trade from the Browns to the Texans in March is what Jackson views as a benchmark.

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Patrick grew up in Chicago's Bridgeport and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods before moving to the Western Suburbs of Chicago before eventually relocating to the Las Vegas area with his family in 2023. He started with Bleacher Nation in 2021 and has spent time as a Staff Writer and on the Chicago Blackhawks beat. He is currently a writer and editor at Bleacher Nation covering the Chicago Bears and the NFL at large and the author of the Bleacher Nation Newsletter. Patrick is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

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