Lamar Jackson says Friday is a cutting point for contract talks

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The clock is ticking on Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.

The quarterback star said on Wednesday that Friday will be the cut-off point at which contract extension negotiations must be set aside before the start of the regular season. He has previously indicated there might be some kind of deadline, and that he hopes to seal a deal before the season, but now he’s made clear the timetable he’s working with.

“This weekend,” Jackson said when asked about the deadline. “Fri. Friday.”

Jackson hasn’t given much detail about the status of contract talks, and that’s consistent with his stance on this entire off-season. It’s entering options season for the fifth year, after which the Ravens can always use the franchise tag to keep it. So, in theory, it doesn’t matter if extension talks continue into next season – unless something happens to him this year like a major injury.

Jackson, who is representing himself in contract talks, doesn’t seem too concerned about that risk.

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