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Ravens exercise fifth-year option on QB Lamar Jackson

No “graduation” from the Ravens

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It’s been a wonderful 24 hours for the 2019 League MVP, as Lamar Jackson gained a first-round wide receiver last night, then followed up with the Ravens exercising their fifth-year option on the franchise quarterback today.

According to overthecap.com, Lamar Jackson will make $23.1 million in 2022, as he earned surpassed the playtime eligibility and went on to earn a Pro Bowl. This changes his pay from $16.5 million to the $23.1 million he’s due.

Currently, Jackson is one of three quarterbacks in the 2018 First Round draft class whose fifth-year option was exercised (Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold). The Buffalo Bills have yet to exercise Josh Allen’s, and are still waiting to do so, seeing as they have two fifth-year options to consider.

Though it was all but assured that the Ravens would exercise the fifth-year option of Jackson’s rookie contract, it’s great to now know it’s official. Especially after seeing the Ravens go out and get him a few weapons this offseason.