Lamar Jackson denies reports saying he wants out of Baltimore
Lamar Jackson shurgged off reports that he may be on his way out of Baltimore. The Ravens QB was the MVP in 2019, but spent much of last season injured.
Lamar Jackson has flatly rejected any suggestion he wants to leave the Baltimore Ravens, describing such talk as a "false narrative".
Jackson says he's staying put
Jackson is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, with no signs of an agreement with the Ravens on an extension.
But the 2019 MVP moved to put to bed the idea of him continuing his career elsewhere after the 2022 campaign.
He posted on Twitter: "I love my Ravens I don't know who the hell putting that false narrative out that I'm having thoughts about leaving stop tryna read my mind."
Former MVP coming off injury plagued season
Jackson took the NFL by storm in his second year in the league in 2019, throwing for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He also ran for 1,206 yards and seven scores.
However, the Ravens suffered a shock Divisional Round loss to the Tennessee Titans to end that season, and were eliminated at the same stage of the 2020 campaign by the Buffalo Bills.
Jackson then endured an injury-hindered 2021 season, throwing 16 touchdowns to 13 interceptions and adding a career-low two touchdowns on the ground as the Ravens missed the playoffs with an 8-9 record.
Jackson in his big money year
No player in the NFL has a higher yards per carry average over the course of the last three seasons than Jackson's 6.36.
The Ravens will hope they can sign him to a new deal and then help Jackson recapture his 2019 magic throwing the ball, with Baltimore likely all too aware that a strong 2022 season played on the final year of his current contract would lead to a more difficult negotiation next offseason.