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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson absent from OTA as he enters final year of rookie contract: ‘It’s up to him’

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, was absent on Wednesday for a second straight day of voluntary organized team activities.

When coach John Harbaugh was asked on Wednesday whether Jackson would participate in the OTA, he said, “I’ll let Lamar speak for himself.”

“It’s not for me to speak on anyone else,” the coach said. “It’s up to him.”

Jackson, the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player who is skipping voluntary workouts for the first time, took part in the OTA last season after the Ravens opted out of the fifth year of his rookie contract, which is priced under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. is $23 million. No progress has been made in negotiations for a record-breaking extension for Jackson, who is representing himself without an agent.

General Manager Eric DeCosta said after the draft that the Ravens had received “great reports” on Jackson’s off-season workouts; He has coached with personal quarterback tutor Adam DeDoux, with whom he worked last year, as well as a South Florida-based trainer.

Jackson, who was named in his second Pro Bowl after throwing in an injury-shortened 2021 season for 2,882 yards, 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, posted his eagerness to return to the field on Twitter on Tuesday, saying , “Can’t wait to get back.”

During the Ravens’ season-ending news conference, Jackson emphasized the importance of bonding as an offense after missing the playoffs with an 8-9 record for the first time since 2017.

,[I’ll be] Just trying to get my friends, all of us, one unit, together this offseason – not just the receiver and the tight end; Offensive line and all,” he said. “We’ll just try to get those guys into one unit, so that we can have real team bonding, and we can start afresh for this upcoming season, because I think we didn’t do that throughout the season.” is.”

DeCosta said in February that “nothing has changed” with his assessment of Jackson. But he also acknowledged that the Ravens were now operating “at Lamar’s pace”, and indicated the team was ready to enter the 2022 season, with Jackson playing in the final year of his rookie contract.

“It’s an unusual conversation because I’m dealing with a player,” DeCosta said of Jackson, one of a handful of NFL players without a traditional sports agent. DeCosta said he’s had “five or six conversations” about the expansion over the past year. “And I would never disclose conversations with any player. So it would be prohibitive for me to talk exclusively. ,

“I think at this point, I would say we’re working at Lamar’s pace. He’s comfortable with where we are now. I think he thinks we have a lot of unfinished work. He’s got a lot of work.” Unfinished. He wants to win the division. He wants to win the Super Bowl. I think he and I both share the same vision. And so basically that’s where we stand. There’s a great line of communication. I know That Lamar knows he can come to see me at any time.”

This story will be updated.

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