The Baltimore Ravens have been unwavering in their support of quarterback Lamar Jackson — as they should be, considering he won NFL MVP honors in only his second season as a pro.
But with that brilliant play comes the inevitable massive payday on Jackson’s second contract. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday a long-term contract extension will ultimately be worked out for Jackson, but Baltimore must go the extra mile to make sure the 24-year-old is set up for perpetual success.
The ringing endorsement from Harbaugh came courtesy of NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who reported on the coach’s comments regarding Jackson’s place in the organization’s vision for the future.
In case it wasn’t clear Harbaugh is very much a champion of Jackson as the Ravens’ signal-caller for the next decade, he reiterated his support of the young star, per Aditi Kinkhabwala.
It’s fully possible to be critical of Baltimore’s offense and not Jackson, though, which anyone with a modicum of football knowledge should be considering what’s happened to date in the QB’s highly decorated career, dominated by winning and a one-of-one style of play.
This is why the Ravens must not only pay Jackson what he’s worth — either this offseason to get ahead of the curve or not long after — but also support him with superior offensive weaponry and improved schematics when he drops back to pass.