The Baltimore Ravens need to decide on quarterback Lamar Jackson soon.
He is set to be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins unless the sides can agree on a deal.
Jackson is looking to reset the quarterback market and he has already requested a deal larger than what Deshaun Watson received.
The 2019 NFL MVP has been one of the most electrifying players in the league.
But, his dual-threat ability has led to injuries over the past two seasons.
He has played in exactly 12 games each of the last two years, and that is a cause for concern in the Baltimore front office.
They seem hesitant to give Jackson a massive guaranteed contract when he can not stay healthy.
But, Ravens GM Eric DeCosta thinks a deal will still get done.
Ravens GM Eric DeCosta on the Lamar Jackson contract negotiation: "Lamar and I are talking, we met recently. … I continue to be optimistic and we'll see where it goes."
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 1, 2023
If Baltimore can not agree to a deal with Jackson, the Ravens could always franchise tag him.
But, most players do not like playing on the franchise tag because it is only a one-year deal.
DeCosta understands that playing in the NFL without a star quarterback is a losing formula.
#Ravens GM Eric DeCosta says he’s having ongoing discussions with Lamar Jackson and remains optimistic. They have not made a decision on which franchise tag they’ll use.
“We want Lamar here. We want him back. Living in a world without a quarterback is a bad world to live in.”
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) March 1, 2023
That is part of the reason why Jackson has the leverage in contract talks.
If Jackson were to leave Baltimore, teams would be lining up to try and sign him.
It is rare for a former MVP in the prime of his career to hit the open market.
That is why the Ravens better be careful to make sure he does not slip away.NEXT: NFL Analyst Has Strong Opinion On How Ravens Should Handle Lamar Jackson