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Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson focused on Super Bowl, not contract

Baltimore Ravens' Lamar Jackson misses practice with flagged COVID test
May 26, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passes the ball during an OTA at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said Wednesday that his focus remains on winning a Super Bowl, rather than the status of his contract.

Jackson, 24, was named the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player and guided the Ravens to three trips to the postseason since entering the league as a first-round pick (32nd overall) in the 2018 draft.

“I ain’t going to lie to you. I’m not really focused on that right now,” Jackson said of a potential contract extension. “I’m focused on getting me a Super Bowl. Focused on getting better, and focused on working with my teammates right now … trying to bring a Super Bowl here.”

The Ravens exercised the fifth-year option for Jackson in April. He is guaranteed $23.016 million in 2022, although Jackson is scheduled to make $1.771 million this season as he enters the final season of a four-year, $9.47 million rookie contract.

“Lamar understands what’s important. Look what he’s done. He’s going to get paid and he knows that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday.

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Jackson has appeared in 46 regular-season games with the Ravens and is 30-7 as a starter. He’s thrown for 7,085 yards with 68 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He’s also had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and has 19 touchdowns on the ground.

In the playoffs, he is 1-3 as a starter, and his completion percentage is just 55.9 percent compared to 64 percent in the regular season. He has thrown three touchdown passes and five interceptions in the playoffs.

–Field Level Media