Jackson took the world by storm as a rookie in 2018, becoming the starter for a Baltimore team that was treading water at 4-5 during the bye week before going 6-1 to reach the postseason.
Then, Jackson won MVP in 2019 after leading the league in passing touchdowns (36) and setting a QB single-season rushing record (1,206 yards). The Ravens reached the postseason a third straight year under Jackson in 2020, and the dual threat earned his first playoff win, but Baltimore failed to advance beyond the Divisional Round once again.
The last two years have taken some of Jackson’s shine, however.
Compared to Jackson’s 62 TDs, 15 interceptions and 106.6 passer rating from 2019-2020, he’s had a 33-20 touchdown-to-interception ratio with an 88.9 passer rating in the past two years, which have ended with Jackson missing five games each season due to injury.
Whether due to his nagging injuries and subsequent lack of recent team success or Jackson’s reduced efficiency, the contract divide between the team and its QB has now culminated in the non-exclusive franchise tag.
It’s the first step toward Jackson staying in town for 2023. Now the Ravens’ clock is ticking again on extending that stay by either agreeing to a new contract with Jackson on their own terms or matching an offer sheet should he sign one from a another team.