Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will stop contract negations when the regular season starts.
Following practice on Saturday, Jackson confirmed to reporters for the first time that he will cut off talks with the team by Week 1 of the regular season, which is four weeks away.
“We’re coming up to it. It’s coming up,” Jackson said when asked about a hard deadline. “The season’s coming up. We’re going to be good for the season.”
Asked if it’s fair to say he wants his contract situation settled by Week 1, Jackson replied, “Yeah, for sure.”
The 25-year-old didn’t offer any more of an update on where things stand in contract negotiations.
He is entering his fifth-year option, which will pay him $23.016 million this season. If a deal isn’t finalized by March 7, the Ravens would have to place the franchise tag on Jackson to keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.