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Ravens use franchise tag on QB Lamar Jackson

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens placed the franchise tag on quarterback Lamar Jackson on Tuesday, taking the NFL's top potential free agent off the market.

The Ravens made the long-expected move official by using the tag just before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Baltimore and Jackson, who doesn't have an agent and is representing himself, have been unable to reach a long-term deal since he became eligible for a contract extension over two years ago. Sources told ESPN last year that Jackson wants a fully guaranteed deal like the one given to Deshaun Watson last year by the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore is against doing so because the team considers the Watson deal an outlier.