Lamar Jackson extension deadline, explained: Ravens QB wants deal done by Week 1

The Ravens are one game into their preseason, and thus that much closer to the first week of the season.

They're also closer to not getting quarterback Lamar Jackson signed to a contract extension.

Jackson told reporters Saturday the deadline for a new deal was "coming up." When asked whether that meant the first week of the season, he responded

"The season's coming up," Jackson said. "We're going to be good for the season." Jackson did not provide additional updates.

Jackson is in a unique situation: He's representing himself in extension negotiations ahead of playing on his fifth-year option.

After the 2022 season, the Ravens can place a franchise tag on him, try to sign him to a new contract or let him walk as a free agent.

Jackson has been working at Ravens training camp, though like many starters across the league, he did not play in the team's first preseason game.

If the Ravens opt to place a franchise tag on him, they would have two options: the exclusive tag or the non-exclusive tag.