Lamar Jackson on looming Ravens extension: 'I would love to be here forever'

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Lamar on Ravens extension: 'I would love to be here forever' originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

With two years left on his rookie contract, Lamar Jackson clearly stated his desire to remain with the franchise that drafted him for the foreseeable future.

"I spoke to (general manager Eric DeCosta) about a month or two ago, but I would love to be here forever," Jackson told media after the first day of OTAs. "I love Baltimore, I love the whole organization, I love everyone in the building. Hopefully we'll be making something happen pretty soon or whenever." 

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Jackson's long-term future has been a main priority for DeCosta and the Ravens organization ever since his unanimous MVP campaign in 2019. Currently, Jackson's on-field production level makes him one of the best bargains in the league, which has in turn allowed DeCosta to surround his star quarterback with the aerial talent he deserves. 

This offseason, Baltimore has drafted Rashad Bateman with the 27th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and signed Sammy Watkins from the Chiefs to give Marquise "Hollywood" Brown some help in the receiving corps. 

For the league's best rushing attack to get those kinds of talents to add another potent dimension to their offense will be huge for Jackson to take the Ravens where they so desperately desire to go.

"I felt great about the moves. We got a lot of young guys, we got some vets on the O-Line and stuff like that," Jackson said, referencing his new wideouts as well as tackle Alejandro Villanueva. "I just can't wait to get the pads on and showcase our skills against other opponents because not everyone's rolling. We're happy to be back and we'll see."

When pressed on if he knows what the timetable on getting an extension will be, Jackson remained unconcerned. 

"To be honest with you, I'm really focused on the season. I'm focusing on trying to win," Jackson said. "I'm not really worrying about whether it gets done this year or next year. I'm just trying to build and stack."

Jackson has never had an agent, further cementing why his "no-rush attitude" to the process. He's focused on the pain of losing, and the work it takes to overcome that to get to the top of the mountain. 

Set to earn $1.77 million this season, Jackson's fifth-year option was picked up last month to keep him in Baltimore through the end of the 2022-23 season. He'll get a bump up to make $23.016 million. Though that's quite a good salary for an average QB, Jackson's peers like Dak Prescott and Patrick Mahomes signed the two richest contracts in NFL history with the help of agents. 

"Maybe," Jackson said with a chuckle when asked if he'll be representing himself. "I told you, we'll see."