Lamar Jackson says he's focused on bouncing back, not on a new contract

Jackson will enter his fifth year and his salary will take a big leap; Yet Lamar thinks about the playing field

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s priority is his health, not his contract.

Speaking for the first time since injuring his right ankle on Dec. 12, Jackson confirmed that it was a bone problem that left him out in the last four games of the regular season. Jackson, who will enter the fifth-year option in 2022, also indicated that there has been no movement on a contract extension.

“We haven’t talked about it yet [una extensión de contrato]”Jackson commented on Monday.” I have to worry about coming back well and preparing for the offseason. “

The status of the contract Jackson is the biggest question this offseason for Ravens (8-9), who lost their last six games and posted their first losing season since 2015. His salary jumps from $ 1,771 million to $ 23,016 million in 2022, what is the last year of his rookie contract.

Throughout the last offseason, officials from Jackson and Ravens expressed optimism that a deal would eventually be reached. The only quarterback in the 2018 draft class to sign a new deal so far is Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills, who signed for six years and $ 258 million in August.

Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, is coming off the worst season of his short four-year career. He had 13 interceptions, the worst record of his career, and was sacked 38 times, also a career high.

The lowest point of his year came in a 24-22 loss to Cleveland in Week 14, when Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah lunged on the lower right leg of Jackson. The Ravens initially described the injury as a sprained ankle and insisted it was a minor injury.

Jackson, who had never missed a game due to injury in his first three seasons, practiced only once in the past four weeks, limping from exercise to exercise.

“I wanted to play,” Jackson recalled. “But they stopped me because they said I had that limp. They didn’t want me to come out and hurt me more. I wanted to play, but I just couldn’t.”

The The Ravens were 7-5 this season with Jackson as their starting quarterback. Baltimore went 1-4 without him.

Jackson, who was named to his second Pro Bowl, isn’t sure how long the injury will limit him this offseason.

“They told me it will be day by day and I hope it accelerates,” he said.

Jackson’s 37 wins are the most in the NFL for a quarterback under the age of 25 since 1970. But the Ravens failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2017, the season before Baltimore selected Jackson in the NBA. first round.

One of Jackson’s goals this offseason is to bring the entire offense together so that the players “can make things happen before we start and beat everyone.”

“[Quiero] try to make us all a unit so we can have a true team bond, “explained Jackson.” We can start over for this upcoming season. I feel like we didn’t have that the entire season. We had everything else, but we didn’t have that team bond when we left the facility. We are going home. I feel like we need to get together more, and that will impact the season. “