Lamar Jackson is missing the first week of voluntary workouts and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters to ask Jackson what's the reason behind his absence. Jackson, who has been in the NFL since 2018, is missing the Ravens' voluntary spring training for the first time in his career.
'We've been down this road many times through the years," Harbaugh said after Wednesday's practice, per ESPN. "I'll just let Lamar speak for himself on that. It's for him to talk about. You can ask him."
Jackson is entering the fifth year of his contract and Harbaugh was asked if he was concerned by the quarterback's absence. "It's not for me to speak for somebody else on that. It's up to him to speak for himself on that," Harbaugh answered.
Jackson posted a message on social media
"Can't wait to get back," Jackson tweeted. Jackson won't be fined for skipping the spring training but he will be mandated to attend the Ravens' minicamp scheduled between June 14-16.
"If it was training camp, it'd be really bad," Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. "I think as long as guys are working, no matter where they are, that's the biggest key. I spoke with Lamar earlier in the offseason.
He said he will be coming in soon." Jackson is entering the fifth year of his rookie contract and he is set to earn $23 million in 2022 under his current deal. This offseason, the Ravens have indicated they are willing to negotiate a new long-term extension with Jackson.
"Voluntary does means voluntary," Ravens president Sashi Brown told WBAL Radio in Baltimore on Thursday. "Lamar's been out working this offseason ... so no, I don't think any reason for alarm. "[Jackson's] been very vocal in terms of his support and desire to be in Baltimore.
We're pleased that he's out there working and not going to make a big deal out of this." Tight end Mark Andrews, one of Jackson's favorite targets, shrugged off any concerns regarding Jackson's absence.
"He's extremely motivated and extremely hungry," Andrews said. "So there's no worries over there. I know what he's doing and we're all working and doing our job here and getting ready for him. We'll be ready to go and I'm confident that he's going to be ready and show everybody what he's got and the type of hunger he has right now."