Baltimore Ravens players held their exit interviews today after their season ended in the playoffs last night. The question on everyone’s mind was the status and future of quarterback Lamar Jackson.
While some players were more forthcoming than others, Ravens All-Pro offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley was optimistic about Jackson’s hopes of returning to the team. Stanley told reporters that he was confident a deal would be done with Jackson and that he did not think money was as big of an issue as people think.
The Ravens tackle also expressed the hope that Jackson will remain in Baltimore as long as he is there. Stanley said, “I hope he’s playing here as long as I am.”
Unfortunately for Ronnie Stanley, this can be nothing more than wishful thinking. There is reportedly a gap between what the Ravens are willing to offer and what Lamar Jackson wants in terms of a new contract.
It’s hard to tell where Lamar Jackson’s leverage with the team sits now after the Ravens’ playoff performance yesterday. Outside of an insane fumble recovery touchdown equal to the Miracle in the Meadowlands, the Ravens were actually pretty close to upsetting the Bengals last night.
On the other hand, if Jackson had been on the field tomorrow, the Ravens might have won the game decisively. We’ll never know for sure.
We won’t know for sure what the future holds for Jackson until an expansion or trade is announced.