Ravens, Lamar Jackson agree to 5-year contract extension

Lamar Jackson is staying in Baltimore.

The 2019 NFL MVP and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to a five-year contract extension.

The Ravens and Jackson haven’t seen eye to eye recently, and Jackson requested a trade in March after the sides were unable to agree to a long-term deal.

Lamar Jackson looks to throw

Quarterback Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins at M and T Bank Stadium Sept. 18, 2022, in Baltimore. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Baltimore ultimately gave Jackson its franchise tag, allowing other teams to make offers for Jackson that the Ravens could match. Any team acquiring Jackson would have had to send the Ravens two first-round draft picks.

“You know, for the last few months, there’s been a lot of he said, she said, a lot of nail-biting, a lot of head-scratching going on,” Jackson said in a video tweeted by the Ravens announcing the deal. “But, for the next five years, it’s a lock of flock going on! Let’s go baby. Let’s go! Let’s go, man. Can’t wait to be there. Can’t wait to light up M&T Field for the next five years, man. Let’s get it.”

Lamar Jackson runs

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball during the first half of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Nov. 27, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Jackson is 45-16 in his career after becoming the 32nd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. The two-time Pro Bowler has thrown for 12,209 yards and run for another 4,437. He’s run for 24 touchdowns while throwing for 101. 

His 36 touchdowns during his MVP season led the NFL that year.

Lamar Jackson warms up

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Nov. 27, 2022, at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but NFL Network reports Jackson is now the highest-paid player in the NFL after Jalen Hurts signed a $255 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.

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