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Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens agree to five-year contract extension

Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws on the run during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson is staying with the Baltimore Ravens.

Jay Glazer reported late Thursday afternoon that the Ravens and Jackson had made significant process on a long-term extension. Within the hour, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport confirmed that the two parties had agreed on a five-year deal expected to make Jackson the highest-paid player in NFL history.

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While Jackson has missed significant time in each of the past two seasons, he still earned an 85.2 PFF grade that ranked fifth at the position last season. 

Highest-graded quarterbacks in 2022 (postseason included)
Rank Quarterback Team PFF Grade
1 Joe Burrow Bengals  92.0
1 Patrick Mahomes Chiefs  92.0
3 Josh Allen Bills  91.8
4 Jalen Hurts Eagles  88.2
5 Lamar Jackson Ravens  85.2

That mark was primarily thanks to his second-ranked 92.6 rushing grade, with Jackson forcing 34 missed tackles and producing 31 rushes of 10 or more yards. In total, 35.4% of his rushing attempts went for 15 or more yards, a rate that led all quarterbacks.

The 2019 NFL MVP ranked 16th at the position in passing grade (72.3) but was safe with the football. His 2.3% turnover-worthy play rate was the eighth-best mark at the position, while his 5.0% big-time throw rate also ranked eighth.

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With Jackson secured long-term, the Ravens could now make some serious moves in the 2023 NFL Draft to surround him with even more talent.

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