A Public Goodbye: Lamar Jackson Is Ready To Leave The Baltimore Ravens

On Monday, several outlets reported that Lamar Jackson had requested a trade from the Baltimore Ravens. 

Jackson took to his Twitter account to thank fans for their support and love, but his decision to leave Baltimore is to the benefit of his family. 

“A letter to my Fans

“I want to first thank you all for all of the love and support you consistently show towards me. All of you are amazing and I appreciate y’all so much. I want you all to know not to believe everything you read about me. Let me personally answer your questions,” Jackson tweeted.

He added, “[I]n regards to my future plans. As of March 2nd I requested a trade from the Ravens organization for which the Ravens has not been interested in meeting my value, any and everyone that’s has met me or been around me know I love the game of football…”  

ESPN reported that John Harbaugh, the Ravens head coach, was asked about Jackson’s request during the NFL’s league meeting. 

“I haven’t seen the tweet. It’s an ongoing process,” Harbaugh said to ESPN. “I’m following it very closely, just like everyone else here. I’m looking forward to a resolution.”

“I don’t know what direction it’s going to go,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t have a crystal ball. I can’t tell the future. But I know whatever happens is going to be good. It’s going to be OK. I have my hopes. I love Lamar Jackson.”

Harbaugh added that he hasn’t spoken to Jackson in some time, but he remains optimistic that Jackson will suit up as a Raven once the season begins. 

“You got to plan for all the contingencies, for sure,” Harbaugh said. “I’m pretty fired up about Lamar Jackson. Lamar Jackson is a great player. Lamar came back in great shape last year. He’s fired up to play. That’s the Lamar that I’m looking forward to seeing.” 

ESPN also reported that Sashi Brown, the Ravens president, expressed nothing but love for Jackson. 

“We love Lamar. We want Lamar back,” Brown said.

He continued, “We’ve seen the tweet today. We’ve been in good communication with him. These are hard circumstances. But we’re committed to trying to get something done.”