‘We’re having a mutual dialog’

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

Jackson spoke on the matter following Ravens apply 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 basic 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 does not have an agent and is taking a little bit of a danger by coming into 2022 with out a long-term deal in place — does not have a lot free time throughout coaching camp, however that does not appear to have the Ravens worrying in late July.

“Each side are motivated to get the job accomplished,” coach John Harbaugh stated Thursday, through ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

That is about as agency of a response as we have acquired from both get together 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 acknowledged the group was ready for Jackson to significantly method them a couple of new deal, with DeCosta telling media members the Ravens would “work at Lamar’s urgency.”

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

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

Cash is not the problem, a minimum of not in line with Jackson, who stated “I simply need to win on the finish of the day. I simply need to be nice.”

“Soccer,” Jackson stated when requested what motivates him. “Soccer greater than something. I find it irresistible with a ardour, it is all I need to do. Nonetheless lengthy I can.”