Since he has yet to sign a contract extension, this drama looks to continue until a decision is made or a contract is signed.
Yesterday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke publicly on the issue for the first time in months.
John Harbaugh when asked if Lamar Jackson was the future QB of the Ravens:
"100%… 200% … Lamar Jackson is our quarterback."
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 19, 2023
Harbaugh has been the coach of the Ravens since 2008, meaning he has been with Jackson for the entirety of his career.
Jackson has been a cornerstone for the Ravens, and although he has had his fair share of injury concerns, the Ravens are a much better team with Jackson than without him.
In the 12 games that the Ravens have played without Jackson, their record is 4-8.
To put that record into perspective, when Jackson is on the field, their history is 49-21.
Jackson has the makings of a player who has the opportunity to make an impact on an NFL franchise for the foreseeable future.
Whether that is with the Ravens or not remains to be seen, despite the Ravens continuing to publicly show support for him.
If we try and put ourselves in Jackson’s shoes, this public praise likely does not mean much.
In a league like the NFL, money talks.
If the Ravens can’t figure out an equitable, reasonable contract for Jackson in the near future, there is a chance that they will lose out on him, as another team would be more than thrilled to have Jackson on their roster.