Shortly after news broke that the Baltimore Ravens had agreed to sign Odell Beckham Jr. on a one-year, $18 million contract, Ravens fans had even more reason to get excited when footage of Beckham chatting with Lamar Jackson surfaced on social media.
The implication, of course, was that Jackson would be the Ravens’ quarterback throwing passes to Beckham in 2023. That didn’t seem at all certain a few weeks ago when Jackson tweeted that he had asked for a trade to Baltimore while talks about an extension continued contract for him. at a dead end According to reports, the two sides are still far apart regarding the guaranteed money in this contract.
[Lamar Jackson welcomes Odell Beckham Jr. to Ravens over FaceTime]
According to NFL Network, however, Jackson was involved in recruiting Beckham to Baltimore and the understanding between both men was that Jackson would stay there and play for the Ravens next season.
There’s no indication yet that a breakthrough in negotiations between the Ravens and the 2019 NFL MVP is imminent, but Beckham’s arrival and partnership with Jackson is a positive sign that the latter will remain in Baltimore for at least a another year
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The Ravens placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson in March, meaning they can match any deal offered to Jackson by another team or force a team to trade two first-round picks for his rights. Jackson will make $32.4 million, a little more than double what Beckham could be paid, if he plays on the tag next season.
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