Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is brought down by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (right) during the first half Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland.

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Lamar Jackson expects to play rest of career in Baltimore

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson remained tight-lipped about his contract situation Thursday but did say he expects to be in a Ravens uniform for the rest of his career.

Jackson, entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, acknowledged that he’s talked with Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta about a new deal but said he’s “just keeping it private.”

Asked if he wants to remain with the Ravens for the rest of his career, Jackson said, “I expect so. Yes, I do.”

He said skipping voluntary organized team activities was not contract-related, but that he wanted to “stay away” from offseason workouts after an injury-riddled 2021 season.

Jackson, who acts as his own agent, is set to make $23.016 million on the fifth-year option in 2022. That annual average salary is 15th in the NFL among quarterbacks, according to Spotrac.

Jackson had a combined 18 interceptions over his first three seasons before throwing 13 picks in 12 games in 2021. He had 16 touchdown passes last season, a steep decline from his 2019 MVP total of 36.

He had 767 rushing yards and two touchdowns last season after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

–Field Level Media

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for a touchdown during their 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville Jan. 10, 2021.

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QB Lamar Jackson reports to Ravens minicamp

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson reported Monday and will take part in the team’s mandatory minicamp this week.

Jackson, 25, made waves when he elected to skip the team’s voluntary organized team activities last month, fueling speculation that he intends to leave the Ravens. Jackson is entering the final year of his rookie contract and has not yet engaged the team in contract talks. Jackson represents himself.

Jackson is set to play the 2022 season on his fifth-year option worth $23.016 million. That annual average salary is 15th in the NFL among quarterbacks, according to Spotrac. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be traded by the 49ers but has a 2022 salary of more than $25 million.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta said following the NFL draft that the team is prepared to negotiate with Jackson but that contract talks were not a priority at the time. Jackson said his only focus is the Super Bowl.

Jackson had a combined 18 interceptions over his first three seasons before throwing 13 picks in 12 games in 2021. He had 16 touchdown passes last season, a steep decline from his 2019 MVP total of 36.

He had 767 rushing yards and two touchdowns last season after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

–Field Level Media

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for a touchdown during their 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville Jan. 10, 2021.

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Lamar Jackson rips critics on absence from voluntary OTAs

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson lashed out at critics questioning his absence from voluntary organized team activities.

Jackson specifically took issue with former NFL quarterback and current Pro Football Talk analyst Chris Simms for his take on the matter. Simms compared Jackson to Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback Tom Brady, whom Simms claimed never missed OTAs until he played in four Super Bowls.

Jackson stressed over social media that the OTAs are, indeed, voluntary and that he will attend the sessions at some point. The former NFL Most Valuable Player concluded his Twitter post with “Find something else to talk about.”

Jackson, 25, is obligated to attend only the team’s mandatory minicamp, which is scheduled for June 14-16.

Jackson is set to play the 2022 season on his fifth-year option worth $23.016 million. That annual average salary is 15th in the NFL among quarterbacks, according to Spotrac. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be traded by the 49ers but has a 2022 salary of over $25 million.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta said following the NFL draft that the team is prepared to negotiate with Jackson but that contract talks were not a priority at the time. Jackson said his only focus is the Super Bowl.

Jackson had a combined 18 interceptions over his first three seasons before throwing 13 picks in 12 games during 2021. He had 16 touchdown passes last season, a steep decline from his 2019 MVP total of 36.

He had 767 rushing yards and two touchdowns last season after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Brett Hundley (3) throws during the day's Colts camp practice at Grand Park in Westfield on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021.

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Jackson action? Ravens sign QB Brett Hundley

Brett Hundley signed with the Baltimore Ravens and joined the voluntary organized team activities, a portion of the offseason program that starter Lamar Jackson is not attending.

Down to two quarterbacks on the roster, the Ravens brought in Hundley to help the team function in on-field work without Jackson.

Jackson is in a contract year and playing on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal. Head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta have said the Ravens are ready and willing to talk money with Jackson, but negotiations will work at the player’s pace.

Hundley was a fifth-round pick out of UCLA in 2015 and spent three seasons with the Green Bay Packers before being dealt to the Seattle Seahawks. He was with the Arizona Cardinals in 2019 and 2020 and the Indianapolis Colts last season.

Limited to 12 games last season due to injuries, Jackson is not expected to hold out into training camp or the regular season. Multiple teammates, including tight end Mark Andrews and cornerback Marlon Humphrey, said they’ve been in touch with Jackson and he’ll be ready when it counts.

Due to Jackson’s absences last season, Tyler Huntley got more work with the first-team offense and will act as the starter for now. Former Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2022 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for a touchdown during their 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville Jan. 10, 2021.

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Lamar Jackson rips ‘false narrative’ about wanting to leave Ravens

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took to Twitter on Wednesday to quash the “false narrative” that he wants to leave the team.

The rumor mill has been on full blast that Jackson must want out of Baltimore since he hasn’t approached the Ravens about a contract extension. The 2022 season will be Jackson’s last of his rookie contract. He has previously said that an extension “will take care of itself.”

But that approach hasn’t suppressed the speculation that Jackson must want out after the 2022 season.

“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,” Jackson tweeted.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Tuesday reiterated the Ravens’ position of wanting to sign Jackson to a long-term contract.

“Eric (DeCosta, general manager) can’t keep calling him and going, ‘Hey Lamar, you really need to get in here and get this thing done.’ It’s not a GM’s job,” Bisciotti said from the NFL annual meetings in Florida. “Eric can structure contracts any way he wants. I think we’re a pretty aggressive team and when Lamar’s ready … we’ll pay him when he’s ready.”

DeCosta had the same message earlier this month at the NFL scouting combine.

“We’ve discussed this at length and I said this before: We will work at Lamar’s urgency,” DeCosta said at the time. “He and I have had ongoing discussions. We’ve talked fairly recently as well. He knows how to find me, I know how to find him.”

Jackson is entering his fifth-year option, which will pay him $23.016 million in 2022.

Jackson, 25, has no peer in terms of running quarterbacks in the NFL but missed four games last season while rushing for 767 yards. Jackson has 3,673 rushing yards in four seasons.

“You don’t browbeat him into being a conformist,” Bisciotti said. “We’re taking him as we take him. We appreciate him. All I know is that his teammates freaking love him and the front office loves him. It’s like, ‘You just keep doing you Lamar, and we’ll make it work somehow.’”

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley (2) warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Tyler Huntley to start vs. Steelers

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley will start Sunday’s regular-season finale against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, coach John Harbaugh said Friday.

Huntley will get the nod in place of former NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, who will miss his fourth straight game with a right ankle injury.

“That’s the way we’ll go,” Harbaugh said without offering an injury update.

Huntley, 23, has thrown for 940 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in parts of six games this season.

He has rushed for 222 yards and two scores for the Ravens (8-8), who will need to defeat the Steelers (8-7-1) and have the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins lose their respective season finales in order to qualify for the playoffs.

The Chargers visit the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, while the Colts visit the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Dolphins host the New England Patriots.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley (2) warms up prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens’ Lamar Jackson inactive, Tyler Huntley to start vs. Rams

Baltimore’s Tyler Huntley will start Sunday’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Rams after the Ravens listed fellow quarterback Lamar Jackson as inactive.

Jackson had been listed as questionable despite sitting out the team’s last two practices this week.

The 2019 NFL MVP had been sidelined since he injured his ankle on Dec. 12 in a 24-22 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Huntley came off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday and returned to practice. He started Baltimore’s 31-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 19 before Josh Johnson found himself under center in the Ravens’ 41-21 setback to the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday.

Huntley, 23, has thrown for 743 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in parts of five games this season. He has rushed for 168 yards and two scores for the Ravens (8-7), who aim to snap a four-game losing skid on Sunday against the Rams (11-4).

Wide receivers James Proche II and Miles Boykin, linebackers Pernell McPhee and Odafe Oweh, guard Ben Powers and cornerback Anthony Averett were also listed as inactive for Baltimore.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is pressured by linebacker T.J. Watt (90) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson questionable for Ravens vs. Rams

Lamar Jackson could make his return from injury Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens.

Jackson is listed as questionable on Baltimore’s injury report for the game against the visiting Los Angeles Rams despite sitting out the last two days of practice with an ongoing ankle injury.

Jackson injured the ankle in Week 14, a loss to the Cleveland Browns, and missed the past two games. The 2019 NFL MVP was limited in practice Wednesday before sitting out the following two days.

“I think he’s got a chance to play on Sunday,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters. “We’ll have to see. This time of year … it’s all hands on deck. Guys who are ready to play and can play will.”

If Jackson can’t go, the Ravens will turn to Tyler Huntley to start at quarterback. Huntley started in Week 15 in a 31-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers, but COVID-19 forced him to miss last week’s 41-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, when third-stringer Josh Johnson took the reins.

Huntley came off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday and returned to practice.

Jackson, 24, has thrown for 2,882 yards with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 12 games this season. He also has rushed 767 yards and two scores.

Baltimore (8-7) also ruled out two players for the Rams game: cornerback Anthony Averett (ribs, chest) and guard Ben Powers (foot). Other players deemed questionable include receiver Marquise Brown (non-COVID illness), receiver Devin Duvernay (ankle) and fullback Patrick Ricard (knee). Linebacker Odafe Oweh (foot) is doubtful.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Ravens’ Lamar Jackson not spotted at practice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was not present on Thursday for the portion of the team’s practice that was open to the media.

Jackson’s reported absence comes one day after he was listed as a limited participant due to an ankle injury.

The 2019 NFL MVP had been sidelined since he was injured on Dec. 12 in a 24-22 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Tyler Huntley came off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday and returned to practice. He started Baltimore’s 31-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 19 before Josh Johnson found himself under center in the Ravens’ 41-21 setback to the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday.

The Ravens (8-7) aim to snap a four-game losing skid on Sunday against the visiting Los Angeles Rams (11-4).

Jackson, 24, has thrown for 2,882 yards with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 12 games this season. He also has rushed 767 yards and two scores.

Huntley, 23, has thrown for 743 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in parts of five games this season. He has rushed for 168 yards and two scores.

–Field Level Media

Oct 11, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) passes the ball under pressure from Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens activate LB Justin Houston, three others; Lamar Jackson back

Baltimore activated four defensive players from the reserve/COVID-19 list before practice Wednesday.

Additionally, coach John Harbaugh said quarterback Lamar Jackson would practice on a limited basis, making his first appearance on the field since sustaining an ankle injury on Dec. 12 in a loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Now that they are off the COVID-19 list, outside linebacker Justin Houston, safety Geno Stone and inside linebackers Chris Board and Kristian Welch now will be available to play Sunday when the Ravens (8-7) travel west to play the Los Angeles Rams (11-4).

Cornerbacks Chris Westry and Jimmy Smith and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee were activated earlier this week. Starting outside linebacker Tyus Bowser and backup safety Ar’Darius Washington went on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Sunday’s game is a must-win for the Ravens, who were 8-3 and in first place in the AFC North division on Nov. 28. They have lost four games since and now need to beat the Rams — and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 18 — and get some help to earn a playoff spot.

–Field Level Media