Since the start of free-agency, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been able to speak with other NFL teams after receiving the non-exclusive franchise pick.
Sources now tell Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk that the quarterback does not want a fully-guaranteed contract, which some regard as the roadblock with Lamar in contract negotiations.
The sources suggest that while Jackson is not opposed to receiving a significant amount fully guaranteed, he may be open to accepting one or more non-guaranteed years on the back end of his contract. The exact details of Jackson’s contract demands remain unclear at this time.
In addition, one source has revealed that Jackson’s representative is telling other teams that Jackson is ready to move on from the Ravens. This news suggests that Jackson may be looking for a fresh start and new opportunities, despite his success with the Ravens over the past few years.
It is important to note that the Ravens would have the ability to match any offer sheet signed by Jackson. However, if Jackson is truly looking to move on, it remains to be seen whether the Ravens would be willing to match any offers he receives from other teams.
Last year, the NFL specifically instructed teams not to negotiate with representatives who are not certified by the NFLPA. It remains unclear whether Jackson’s representative is certified by the NFLPA, and whether any negotiations that are currently taking place are in violation of this rule.
The NFLPA is aware of the situation, but it is unclear whether the league was aware of it prior to these reports coming to light. It is possible that the league will investigate the matter further to ensure that all negotiations are conducted in accordance with the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement.
While the exact details of his contract demands and negotiations with other teams remain unclear, according to this report it appears that Jackson is looking for a fresh start and new opportunities. It remains to be seen whether the Ravens will be able to convince Jackson to stay, or whether he will ultimately decide to move on to another team.