Owings Mills, MD — lamar jackson was absent from the beginning of Baltimore RavensOTA on Monday, but the former NFL MVP quarterback is expected to report to the team this week, a source told ESPN.
Jackson missed the first five weeks of the Ravens’ off-season workout program, which is voluntary. The only mandatory part of the off-season workout is the three-day minicamp, which will be held from June 13 to 15.
After signing his five-year, $260 million contract earlier this month, Jackson was asked if he would be the starting OTA. “I’ll be coming soon,” Jackson said on May 4. “I’ll be here soon.”
This year, Jackson will learn a new offensive system and vocabulary under Todd Monken, who replaced Greg Roman as Baltimore’s offensive coordinator. Jackson will also introduce himself to a new wide receiver group after signing with Baltimore odell beckham jr, And Nelson Aghoral Drafted in free agency Jay Flowers in the first round.
Two weeks ago, Monken said the team was in “constant communication” with Jackson and indicated he was “working hard.” OTAs represent the first phase of the off-season program in which the defense may have offense against them, but no live contact is allowed. Teams can conduct OTAs of up to 10 days.
This is the second season in a row that Jackson was not present at the start of OTAs. Last season, he skipped all voluntary off-season drills for the first time in his career and reported to minicamp only when playing under a fifth-year option.
Jackson is now the NFL’s highest paid player with an average of $52 million per season. He received a record-setting $72.5 million signing bonus, ending contract negotiations that lasted two years.