Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVMay 25, 2022
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John Harbaugh didn't want to speak for Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback who is not voluntary at organized team activities.

He told reporters that he would let Lamar speak for himself.

Given the timing, Cornerback Marlon Humphrey didn't seem concerned.

He told reporters that if it was training camp, it would be bad. I talked to Lamar earlier in the year. He said he would be arriving soon.

Jackson's long-term status with the team as the franchise quarterback is one of the biggest stories in the NFL, as he enters the final year of his contract this season.

In March, the Louisville product said he loved his Ravens and that he may eventually head elsewhere.

Lamar Jackson @Lj_era8

I love my Ravens I don’t know who the hell putting that false narrative out that I’m having thoughts about leaving stop tryna read my mind🙄

The team is ready, willing and able to pay Jackson, even though he is not interested in negotiating his contract until after the 2022.

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While playing the upcoming season without an extension could be a health risk, especially given how often Jackson uses his legs to make plays, one long time NFL executive told Mike Sando of The Athletic that the fear of permanent injury is so small these days that that does not enter into it.

The Dallas Cowboys gave a hefty extension to their quarterback, despite his serious ankle injury in 2020, as he was able to return to form.

Despite Jackson not wanting to negotiate during the season, it would be surprising if Baltimore did not make every effort to keep him.