Lamar Jackson finally announced his trade request. In a Twitter thread posted on March 2nd, Baltimore Ravens player Jackson officially announced that he had requested to be traded from his team. After this bombshell announcement, the Ravens made their first move on March 7th by placing the non-exclusive franchise tag on him. Though Jackson has yet to sign the non-exclusive tender, the announcement has already made it clear that Jackson’s time in Baltimore is approaching an end, as he and his team have been unable to agree on extension terms.
Lamar Jackson posted an open letter to all his fans on his Twitter account. He started his post by thanking his fans for their consistent love and support. After appreciating his amazing fans, Jackson then urged them not to believe the rumors spread about him and instead wanted to personally answer all their questions regarding the future of his career. Then, he announced his trade request from the Ravens and stated that the Ravens had not been interested in meeting his value. After confirming that his love for the game of football and his dream to help a team win the super bowl have remained the same, Jackson stated that he just had to make a proper business decision most suitable for him and his family. Lastly, Lamar Jackson assured his fans that no matter what direction his career would take, he would forever be close to his fans of Baltimore Flock nation, and the State of Maryland fans would be able to see him again.
Understandably, it didn’t take much time for Jackson’s tweet to go viral. Without sounding very worried, Ravens coach John Harbaugh addressed the message immediately at the NFL owners’ meeting. Harbaugh still showed hope for Lamar Jackson and stated that the team would be happy if they get the chance to play football next year with Jackson in his usual quarterback position.