Ravens confident they can reach deal with Lamar

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Ravens GM Eric DeCosta and coach John Harbaugh expressed confidence Thursday that they can reach a long-term deal with Lamar Jackson this offseason.

GM believes Lamar Jackson wants to finish career with Ravens play Which OC could entice Lamar Jackson to stay with the Ravens? (2:16) The "NFL Live" crew runs down the list of coaches who might fit as the Baltimore Ravens' new offensive coordinator. (2:16) 4:20 PM ET Jamison HensleyESPN Staff Writer Close University of Maryland graduate Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens remain confident they can sign quarterback Lamar Jackson to a long-term deal despite no deal after two years of negotiations. "I truly believe Lamar wants to finish his career in Baltimore," Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said Thursday in the team's 45-minute, end-of-season news conference. Jackson, 26, finished the fifth-year option of his rookie deal. If no new deal is completed by March, Baltimore will place the franchise tag on Jackson to keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Ravens coach John Harbaugh also expressed optimism that Baltimore will get a new deal completed with Jackson, saying he's keeping "fingers and toes crossed, and I'll be saying my prayers." Editor's Picks Sign, tag or trade: How will offseason unfold for Lamar Jackson and Ravens? 16h Jamison Hensley Ravens teammates stump for Jackson to get deal 3d Jamison Hensley Ravens OC Roman resigns amid declining results 17m Jamison Hensley 2 Related "I have every faith that it's gonna get done," Harbaugh said. "Eric wants him here. I want him here. Steve [Bisciotti, Ravens owner] wants him here, and Lamar wants to be here. So, it's going to work out." Without a new deal, the Ravens can keep Jackson in Baltimore for only two more seasons with the franchise tag. DeCosta declined to say whether the Ravens would entertain trade offers for him. "That's not something we're going to talk about at this point," DeCosta said. Asked if Jackson would be the Ravens' starting quarterback in Week 1 of the 2023 season, DeCosta said, "I don't see any reason why he won't be." Jackson was unable to finish his second straight season due to injuries. He missed the last six games of this season, including a 24-17 wild-card loss at the Cincinnati Bengals , due to a sprained PCL in his left knee. DeCosta doesn't believe Jackson's absence was related to him not having guaranteed money beyond this season. "Lamar was hurt," DeCosta said. "His unique style as a mobile quarterback and a freaky type of athlete out there on the field, and having a serious knee injury, makes it difficult. I know he was trying to come back."