Lamar Jackson said on Monday that he has requested a trade from the Baltimore Ravens as the team “has not been interested in meeting my value” in contract talks.
The star quarterback made the announcement on Twitter, saying he made the request on March 2.
“… I love the game of football and my dream is to help a team win the super bowl,” he tweeted, adding that Ravens fans “are great but I had to make a business decision that was best for my family and I. 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.”
The Ravens placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Jackson, who represents himself and is able to sign an offer sheet with another team. If there is no offer sheet, Jackson would earn $32.416 million this season, if he plays under the tag. If Jackson were to sign an offer sheet and the Ravens did not match, Baltimore would receive two first-round picks.
Last week, the NFL warned teams in a memo that they are only permitted to negotiate with Jackson because he does not have an NFLPA-certified agent.