Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk indicated that even with the added free time of a bye week, the team and Jackson have been unable to agree on a new contract.
“With no game this weekend and a few days off by rule, did Lamar the player become Lamar the agent?” Florio wrote. “Nope.
“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, no progress was made on a second deal for Jackson during the bye week.”
Florio noted that the fact that Jackson is trying to work out a deal without the benefit of an agent seems to be part of the problem.
The 24-year-old Jackson is currently in his fourth NFL season after being drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Following a relatively modest rookie campaign, Jackson emerged as a standout with his passing and running abilities that helped him win the league’s MVP award in 2019.
Last season, Jackson was forced to deal with the highly contagious COVID-19 virus but still managed to throw for 2,757 yards and 26 touchdowns.
This season, Jackson has led the Ravens to a 5-2 record, good enough for a tie atop of the AFC North. He has thrown for 1,943 yards and 10 touchdowns. In addition, he’s rushed for 480 yards and scored twice via the run.
Jackson’s ability to run the ball currently has him again sitting at the top in the category of yards per carry. That particular category is one in which Jackson has led the league in each of the two previous years.
While a deal will presumably be worked out at some point, the Ravens would no doubt like to put this important bit of business behind them as quickly as possible.