Lamar Jackson’s contract negotiations with the Ravens will be put on hold once the regular season begins, according to ESPN.
Jackson said he hopes he and Baltimore can sort things out with the Week 1 kickoff just four weeks away.
The 2019 NFL MVP is still set to get paid, and his fifth-year option will earn Jackson just over $23 million this season.
If the two don’t reach an agreement by March 7, the Ravens will have to place a franchise tag on Jackson to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Jackson, who represents himself rather than having an agent, reportedly did not participate in contract talks until June. The Ravens’ brass earlier said Jackson showed no “urgency” to step into his quad extension.
“I’m very confident that it will be done when it’s done,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told ESPN. “You can’t really race. I don’t think either side wants to rush anything; both parties want to be happy when all is said and done.
The Louisville product took over the Ravens’ starting job in 2018 and quickly revitalized Baltimore’s offense.
The Ravens have made three straight playoff appearances with Jackson — who has led the quarterback in rushing yards since 2018 with 3,534 — at the helm.