KEY POINTS

  • Lamar Jackson is looking at a contract extension with the Ravens
  • Talks have been going well thus far
  • Complications could arise if the Ravens discuss terms with Jackson's representatives

The Baltimore Ravens’ entire history is based on having a strong defense as they believe that points will come easily after they have already demoralized their opposing team.

NFL legends Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata and Jonathan Ogden are some of the names that come to mind when talking about the feared Ravens defense.

Historically, the purple and black have had problems with their offense.

The running back corps has always been solid for the most part, and their receiving unit has had its ups and downs, with the “Mile High Miracle” probably being their best offensive play in history.

The Ravens’ biggest problem has always been in the quarterback position.

Through the years, they’ve had decent quarterbacks come and hold down the offense as the defense would give them great field position for a quick touchdown or at least a field goal.

But when they drafted quarterback Lamar Jackson from Louisville in the 2018 NFL draft with the 32nd pick, suddenly they have a dual-threat play-caller on their hands.

The 2019 NFL MVP has been a big part of the Ravens’ recent playoff runs, thanks to his ability to throw the ball deep and breakthrough zone coverages with his running ability.

Jackson is currently in talks with the Ravens’ front office for a contract extension as he is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2023.

In his case, he has never had a formal agent since he was drafted in 2018.

However, he does have his mother, Felicia Jones, as his “financial adviser” according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

So far, contract negotiations have been going smoothly, but things could come to a head if the Ravens are to discuss the terms and conditions with the adviser.

Technicalities may stunt the progress of talks as teams are not allowed to negotiate agents or personnel that are not certified by the union.

Jackson’s current contract has a $3 million cap hit for this season and goes up to $23 million in 2022.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has full faith that general manager Eric DeCosta and Jackson will be able to get a deal done soon.

The Ravens finally have a quarterback that can bring them back to a Super Bowl after Joe Flacco’s stint, thanks to a much more balanced approach on both ends of the field.