There’s already been plenty of talk about which direction the Jets will go at the quarterback position this offseason.
Plenty of names have been thrown around in both free agency and the trade market. One of the most intriguing options that's been mentioned is Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The speedster certainly would be a nice addition for Robert Saleh and the Jets, however, it appears he may not actually be available this offseason.
While speaking with reporters at the team’s end of season availability on Thursday, head coach John Harbaugh said that there is a “200 percent” chance Jackson stays with the Ravens next season.
“There’s no question about it. Lamar Jackson is our quarterback. He’s been our quarterback. Everything we’ve done in terms of building our offense and our team, how we think in terms of putting people around him is based on this incredible young man and his talent and ability.”
Talks between Jackson and the team prior to the 2022 season did not result in a long-term deal. As a result, he will become a free agent this offseason unless they reach an agreement or place the franchise tag on him.
Jackson is coming off a season in which he appeared in just 12 games after suffering a PCL sprain in early December. For the year, he completed threw for 2,242 yards and 17 touchdowns to go along with 764 rushing yards and three scores.
General manager Eric DeCosta reiterated Harbaugh’s stance that the team is focused on getting a long-term deal done. He said he was “excited to start up negations” again as the two sides spoke earlier on Thursday.
“Lamar and I have a great relationship. We communicate quite often. We spent some time together earlier today. We’ve spoken throughout the season multiple times.. We’ll communicate effectively, we’ll be as fair as we can be, and we’ll try to hammer out a deal. Hopefully we can get to that point.”