Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta has confirmed that the team officials plans to speak with Lamar Jackson and there is a chance a new deal will be striked with the reigning NFL MVP this offseason. Jackson, who was the 32nd pick of the 2018 NFL.draft, is currently playing on a rookie deal and he is scheduled to earn $1,77 million next season.
"[He] certainly deserves a contract," DeCosta said in his 45-minute end-of-season news conference, per ESPN. "He has played phenomenal football over the last couple of years. My intention is to keep him in Baltimore for many, many years."
Jackson led the Ravens to the league-best record last season but then choked in the playoffs as Baltimore was stunned by the Tennessee Titans in their opener. This season, Jackson clinched his first playoff win but his playoff campaign was again short-lived as he failed to lead the Ravens to a win over the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round.
DeCosta insists players want to play with Jackson
"Players want to play with Lamar Jackson," DeCosta said. "I really do laugh at the notion that players don't want to come here and play with Lamar because he's one of the very best young players in the NFL."
Last week, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he would not beg a Placer to comr and play for Baltimore. "I'll just call on a line from 'The Godfather' and make him an offer he can't refuse," DeCosta said jokingly when asked about luring top wide receivers to Baltimore.
"I've never had a player yet say to me, 'I don't want to come to the Baltimore Ravens because you don't throw the ball.' It hasn't happened yet. Maybe it will." NFL experts thinks the Ravens lack a true No.
1 wide receiver. "It's not all about getting the 'No. 1 receiver' that everybody likes to talk about," DeCosta said. DeCosta is more than happy with what he has at the tight end position. "Mark Andrews is one of the better tight ends in the NFL," DeCosta said.
"So we would be foolish to not want to try and keep him. Those discussions will start up at some point." Recently, Ravens coach Harbaugh acknowledged he wants Jackson to sign a new deal with the team. "Of course, absolutely, we want Lamar to sign a long-term deal and be with us," Harbaugh said.
"I'm terribly certain that's going to happen. When it happens, that's the details. That's what we got to figure out."