Quarterback Lamar Jackson said Monday he had requested a trade from the Baltimore Ravens, saying in a tweet the NFL club “has not been interested in meeting my value” in talks on a new contract.
“As of March 2nd I requested a trade from the Ravens organization for which the Ravens has not been interested in meeting my value, any and everyone that’s has met me or been around me knows I love the game of football and my dream is to help a team,” Jackson said on the social media site. “I had to make a business decision that was best for my family and I.”
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The tweet came moments before Ravens coach John Harbaugh met with media at the NFL’s annual meeting in Arizona.
He said he wasn’t aware of the post but that he expected Jackson to be his quarterback this season.
“It’s an ongoing process,” Harbaugh said of negotiations with Jackson. “I’m following it very closely and looking forward to a resolution.”
Jackson, the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player, is the first NFL player to produce 5,000 yards passing and 2,500 yards rushing in the first three seasons of a career.
While his playmaking ability has made the Ravens contenders, but over the past two seasons he has missed 11 games because of injuries and negotiations on a new contract have dragged on and, finally, stalled.
The team designated him a nonexclusive franchise player this month, which gives them the right to match any offer sheet he signs with another team.
On March 1, Baltimore general manager Eric DeCosta said he was “optimistic” the club would reach a deal with its star, who reportedly turned down an offer from the Ravens last September that included $133 million guaranteed at signing, $175 million guaranteed for injury and $200 million in total guarantees.
A $200 million deal would rank only behind the $230 million fully guaranteed five-year deal quarterback Deshaun Watson signed with the Cleveland Browns last year.