Jackson, of course, proved his worth with his in-season performances, earning NFL MVP honors in 2019, earning two trips to the Pro Bowl and leading Baltimore to three playoff appearances in four seasons. He’s become the focal point around which Baltimore has built its offense, and a healthy return will bring new expectations for the Ravens in 2022.
More importantly, an unsettled contractual situation also raises some concerns. Jackson has yet to engage the Ravens in meaningful extension talks, which likely contributed to his decision to delay joining Baltimore’s voluntary portion of his offseason.
This lack of discussion should be more concerning that Jackson is not present at the end of May. As tight end Mark Andrews said earlier this week, the Ravens “know how hard he works.” But without the security of an extension, the Ravens still can’t confidently believe they’ll have Jackson in the long run, even if a life without the star QB isn’t on the cards at this point.
As a professional athlete, Jackson should prepare physically and mentally for the upcoming season. And as he tweeted on Friday, he’s preparing accordingly — that’s just not happening in Owings Mills, Maryland.