Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson revealed on Twitter that he requested a trade from the team on March 2, stating that the team was “not interested in meeting my value.” Jackson is currently a free agent with a non-exclusive franchise tag placed on him, meaning he is free to negotiate a contract with other teams. The Ravens placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson on March 7, five days after he requested the trade.
In a “letter to my fans” on Twitter, Jackson wrote that he had to make a business decision that was best for his family and him. He also thanked Baltimore Ravens fans for their love and support and stated that, regardless of where his career takes him, he will always remain close to his fans of the Baltimore Flock nation and the entire state of Maryland.
The Ravens’ general manager, Eric DeCosta, stated that there have been instances where a player has been designated with the franchise tag and signed a long-term deal that same year. He added that the team will continue to negotiate in good faith with Lamar and hopes to strike a long-term deal that is fair to both Lamar and the Ravens, with their ultimate goal being to build a championship team with Lamar Jackson leading the way for many years to come.
Jackson was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in the 2019 season and has already made a significant impact in the league, with his dynamic passing and running, making him one of the game’s biggest stars. At only 25, he is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history with 10,000 yards passing and 4,000 rushing. He also holds an NFL record for the most games with at least 100 yards rushing.
Overall, Jackson’s announcement on Twitter about his trade request has raised questions about his future with the Baltimore Ravens, and whether or not the team will be able to meet his value in a contract negotiation. The situation remains uncertain, and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the coming days and weeks.