Lamar Jackson denies sending ‘I need $’ text to Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Lamar Jackson denied new photos on social media he posted in connection with the new contract.

Jackson, who was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL since taking office in Baltimore in the 2018 season, posted a photo of a gold tooth grill with the words “I need $”.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 17 of 26 passes overall in 11-on-11 drives and all 10 of his attempts in 7-on-7 drives on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 17 of 26 passes overall in 11-on-11 drives and all 10 of his attempts in 7-on-7 drives on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
(Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

The initial reaction linked the phrase to his contract situation.

Jackson will not be signed after the 2022 season, and a new long-term deal is likely to cost the Ravens a fortune, given deals recently signed by Josh Allen and Deshawn Watson.

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However, Jackson said at his Funday with LJ event that he was not trying to convey any message with the image. He said this post is about Movie “How High” and thought it was funny.

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Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens on the touchline in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at M&T Bank Stadium.  February 2, 2022 in Baltimore.

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens on the touchline in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at M&T Bank Stadium. February 2, 2022 in Baltimore.
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“I don’t know why people blow it up,” Jackson told USA Today. “I just saw Bleacher Report post this. They just take everything that is posted on social media, just blow it up and try to think for you. I don’t take it too seriously.

“They make it look like I’m talking to the Ravens when I’m not really. The discussion of our contract is already underway. But, however, it’s not about that.”

Jackson said he wouldn’t comment publicly on negotiations.

“I will not post my business life on social media. I will never do this. I will not post my personal life on social media. [messages] outside. It’s not me,” Jackson said, adding that he hoped a deal could be done before training camp.

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after losing to the Miami Dolphins 22-10 in a game at Hard Rock Stadium.  November 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after losing to the Miami Dolphins 22-10 in a game at Hard Rock Stadium. November 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Jackson was the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player. after his second full season. He struggled with injuries last year and was only able to play 12 games. He threw for 2,882 yards, 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, adding 767 yards and two touchdowns.