After more than a year of contentious contract discussions, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said on Monday that he asked the team for a trade early this month.
The Ravens “have not been interested in meeting my value,” Jackson claimed in a tweet on Monday, adding that “anyone who’s met me or been around me knows I love the game of football and my dream is to help a team.” Jackson asked for a trade on March 2.
Jackson sent out the tweets as soon as John Harbaugh, the head coach, approached the microphones during a media availability at the AFC coaching brunch during the NFL Owners Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
When asked his opinion on Jackson’s timing, Harbaugh replied that he didn’t know.
I don’t suppose Lamar maintains track of when the meetings are held and things like that, the man replied. You might be interpreting it too strongly.
Harbaugh reiterating his previous statements that Jackson is the quarterback he wants and that the club is centered around him.
“I’m sure that business would be done the way it’s always done, you know, but for me – my perspective – you know, I’m getting ready for Lamar,” he said. “That’s what I’m doing in our offense. We got a new offensive coordinator, very excited about Todd Monken. We’re in that we’re in the lab right now, building the offense and putting it together, the terminology and the plays and things like that. And that’s what you focus on as a coach.”
“You all are great but I had to make a business decision that was best for my family and I,” Jackson continued in a thread of tweets to fans. “No matter how far I go or where my career takes me, I’ll continue to be close to my fans of Baltimore Flock nation and the entire State of Maryland. You’ll See me again.”