John Harbaugh ‘Totally Certain’ Lamar Jackson Will Ink Long Term Deal With Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens 2020 season came to a screeching halt on Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills, scoring just three points in a 17-3 loss in an AFC Divisional Playoff game.

While Baltimore got past the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round, they were no match for the Bills, even more so when the team lost former MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson to a concussion.

Jackson is still regarded as a star in the making, and in his three seasons he’s thrown 68 touchdowns with 18 picks, and carries a 102.6 quarterback rating in three years.

He’s also gone 30-7 as the starter at quarterback for the Ravens, and despite the heat for being just 1-3 in the postseason, the team feels confident that he’s their quarterback of the future.

With that, the team is expected to look into a long term deal for Jackson this offseason, and if they can’t get one done, they will put the pressure on to get one done next offseason.

Coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday that it’s just a matter of time before a deal with the 24-year-old quarterback gets done.

A long term deal for Jackson is not a surprise whatsoever, as Sunday Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the team was open to talking about a long term contract.

“Expect them to explore this in the offseason, likely in the Spring, or early in the Summer. He’s got one year left on his deal,” Rapoport said.

“They’re going to pick up the fifth-year option, and this is a team that is always open to early deals if it benefits both sides.”

While the pressure will remain on Jackson to get the Ravens eventually to a Super Bowl, the team did take a step forward in 2020 with a playoff win, now fans will expect more in 2021 and beyond.

Locking up Jackson is a huge first step, it all depends on what that offer is and if Jackson is open to signing it.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. Everything about the Ravens situation is too similar to what the 49ers went through with Kaepernick post-2012: A QB under Greg Roman’s offense being coached by a Harbaugh and being touted as the “future of the QB position.” Seen how this plays out and if you’re a Ravens fan, be worried…very worried.

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