Lamar Jackson

After a long offseason of contract negotiations that had been described as “an uphill battle,” it looks like the Baltimore Ravens and former MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson have nothing to show for it as the 2022 NFL season begins.

Just two days before the Ravens open their season against the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta announced that the team was “unable to reach a contract extension” with Jackson.

“Despite best efforts on both sides, we were unable to reach a contract extension with Lamar Jackson,” DeCosta said. “We greatly appreciate how he has handled this process and we are excited about our team with Lamar leading the way. We will continue to work towards a long-term contract after the season, but for now we are looking forward to a successful 2022 campaign.”

The news comes after reports that Jackson was seeking a fully-guaranteed contract much like the Cleveland Browns just gave new quarterback Deshaun Watson. However, it seems the Ravens were completely unwilling to give such a contract to Jackson.

While it’s not exactly a shock that the two sides were unable to come to an agreement, especially considering Jackson’s cryptic Tweets, it’s still massive news and the NFL world had plenty to say about it.

The Ravens will open their 2022 season against the Jets on Sunday at 1 p.m.

[Baltimore Ravens]