John Harbaugh reacts to Lamar Jackson going public with trade request
John Harbaugh answered questions about Lamar Jackson finally going public with his trade request.
On Monday, Jackson went public on social media to announce he has requested a trade away from the Baltimore Ravens. According to Jackson, that trade request was made on March 2 but nothing has materialized since.
When addressing the media Monday, Harbaugh said he had yet to see Jackson’s thread on social media. The head coach also said he still views Jackson “as our quarterback” for the time being.
“I haven’t seen the tweet. That’s an ongoing process,” Harbaugh said. “I’m following it very closely, just like everybody else is here and looking forward to a resolution. I’m excited, thinking about Lamar all the time. Thinking about him as our quarterback. We’re building our offense around that idea.
“I’m just looking forward to getting back to football and I’m confident that’s going to happen.”
Harbaugh went on to down play the timing of Jackson’s announcement coinciding with his media availability, saying he won’t “read too much into it.” He also says the situation will “work itself out” and believes there still a scenario where Jackson winds up “fired up” and playing for Baltimore.
“Believe me, if we’re playing football next year and Lamar Jackson’s the quarterback, we’re all going to be happy,” explained Harbaugh. “And he’s going to be fired up to play and he’s going to be happy to be out there playing, too — because that’s the kind of guy he is. I mean, he loves to play. He loves his teammates. He loves his coaches.”