‘We’re having a mutual dialog’

Lamar Jackson’s uneasy contract state of affairs is not but nearing an answer, nevertheless it does appear, nicely, nearer.

Jackson spoke on the matter following Ravens observe Thursday, telling reporters “we’re having a mutual dialog” and “we’re retaining it in home.”

Jackson was requested if he was nonetheless having discussions with common supervisor Eric DeCosta about his long-term future and informed reporters the 2 had been “nonetheless speaking proper now,” including he’ll focus additional on his contract when he has free time.

Jackson — who would not have an agent and is taking a little bit of a threat by getting into 2022 with no long-term deal in place — would not have a lot free time throughout coaching camp, however that does not appear to have the Ravens worrying in late July.

“Either side are motivated to get the job finished,” coach John Harbaugh mentioned Thursday, through ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

That is about as agency of a response as we have acquired from both social gathering since questions began flying about Jackson’s contract greater than a yr in the past. Earlier within the yr, Baltimore had taken up a stance that basically said the group was ready for Jackson to noticeably strategy them a couple of new deal, with DeCosta telling media members the Ravens would “work at Lamar’s urgency.”

“He is aware of tips on how to discover me; I understand how to seek out him,” DeCosta mentioned on the NFL Scouting Mix in Indianapolis.

The 2 sides have discovered one another at coaching camp, a course of Jackson mentioned Thursday he would not miss, no matter contract state of affairs, as a result of he needed to observe together with his “brothers.”

Cash is not the difficulty, at the least not in accordance with Jackson, who mentioned “I simply wish to win on the finish of the day. I simply wish to be nice.”

“Soccer,” Jackson mentioned when requested what motivates him. “Soccer greater than something. I like it with a ardour, it is all I wish to do. Nonetheless lengthy I can.”