Lamar Jackson announced on social media that he requested a trade from the Ravens on March 2, as per ESPN.
In an open letter to his fans, Jackson acknowledges that on March 2 he formally asked to be traded from the Ravens.
The reason, he adds, is that the organization “has not been interested in meeting my value” with respect to a new contract.
The issue of full guarantees in his newest deal has produced a major stalemate between the two sides, and now this public admission that Jackson wishes to continue his career elsewhere.
The 26 year-old Jackson has been at the center of speculation with the Ravens for several years now, as a mega-extension has never seemed to be particularly close to being finalized.
It is believed that Jackson is seeking a fully guaranteed deal matching (if not exceeding) the value of Deshaun Watson‘s five-year, $230MM contract signed last offseason with the Cleveland Browns.
Jackson’s reveal of his trade request came at exactly the time Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh was scheduled to speak at the league’s meeting taking place this week.
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