Lamar Jackson reveals why he really requested trade from Ravens
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Lamar Jackson claims his trade request from the Baltimore Ravens "was nothing serious" as he just wanted to ignite the conversations again regarding his contract. On March 2nd, Jackson took to Twitter to reveal he requested a trade from the Ravens.
On April 27, Jackson and the Ravens agreed on a new five-year, $260 million deal. "OK the trade, I requested a trade, but it was nothing serious. It was just getting the ball rolling. It's part of business. But I'm satisfied. It's in the past.
I'm glad it's over with. I'm happy to be here," Jackson said on The Lounge podcast, per Sarah Ellison.
Lamar Jackson told The Lounge podcast: “I never said I wanted to go. OK the trade - I requested a trade, but it was nothing serious.
It was just getting the ball rolling. It’s part of business. But I’m satisfied. It’s in the past. I’m glad it’s over with. I’m happy to be here”. — Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) May 5, 2023
Jackson: I didn't want to go
According to Jackson, his intention wasn't to leave Baltimore but rather to make the Ravens give him a new contract.
"I never said I wanted to go," Jackson said. It took Jackson and the Ravens over two years to agree on a new multiyear deal. After the contract agreement was finally reached, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta was asked to reflect on the whole process.
"Sometimes, you just need time. Sometimes these things can happen in two weeks, and sometimes it takes two years. This was on that scale. I know that our appreciation and love for Lamar has really never wavered, but it was business as well.
Sometimes with family, things can get tough. We all feel that sometimes, when you're in a fight with your parents, or a sibling or you're trying to figure something out. It's like the emotion of it, and there was definitely some emotion, but in the end, we've been blessed to have Lamar as part of this organization for a long time.
We've won a lot of football games. I think he feels this place is special too. It was business; it wasn't personal, and I think over time, that's kind of what developed," DeCosta said after the team agreed on a new deal with Jackson.