The Facts: Baltimore and Jackson could possibly be $100 million apart there, a massive gap to bridge, in current, ongoing contract talks.
Diehards Line: According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Jackson's future was a talking point at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, and most are in the same spot that they were six months ago. Most believe the Ravens should place the exclusive franchise tag on Jackson and try to work out a long-term deal, knowing he's secured for one more year. "And it could become a standoff, because I wouldn't expect him to sign the tag for a while," an AFC exec told Fowler. "And they will be so far apart in the guaranteed money. ..." And if it becomes clear that reaching a new contract is next to impossible, the Ravens can entertain trade offers closer to the draft. For what it's worth, Fowler notes those trade calls are coming. I don't get the sense that that process has heated up, in part because teams are assuming Jackson will be tagged. It's still very early on this one.