WINGS MILLS, that’s crazy. — When the Baltimore Rooks announced Friday that they had signed a five-year contract with Ronnie Stanley, it was more than just a celebration of keeping the NFL’s top left saviors. It was another victory for the raven culture.
Remarkably, Baltimore was able to sign two all-pro players, Stanley and Marlon Humphrey, for long-term contracts in the same month. It’s unrealistic that the Ravens could have kept them both without being the highest paid players in their position.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Stanley understands the value of continuity and the chance to win with a core group of All-Pro Ravens players. So he didn’t rob the bank. Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire
Stanley and Humphrey think it’s the start of a special time in Baltimore. With Lamar Jackson in his second full season as a starting quarterback, it looks like the Ravens are starting a long series in the locker room as Super Bowl contenders.
For Stanley and Humphrey, breaking into a bank wasn’t the first priority. It was more important that they didn’t tear this team apart.
We all know we’re family here, Stanley. I think everyone’s on the same side as what we’re trying to build here in Baltimore and it’s a long-term success.
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Raven faced a difficult situation early this year when Laremy Tunsil destroyed the market value of the offensive shells in April with a three-year contract of $66 million and Jalen Ramsey did the same in September with a five-year contract of $100 million. Tunsil and Ramsey used the leverage they shared with their teams before signing the long-term agreement, not knowing that neither the Rams nor the Texans would let them go.
The average of $22 million a year for the Tunsil was $5.5 million more than any other left-handed ball, and the average of $20 million a year for Ramsey was almost $3 million more than any other oblique ball. Baltimore knew he couldn’t keep that team if they went through those deals. So the Rooks made offers to Humphrey and Stanley who fell just below the top of the market – and kept their fingers crossed.
The first one. In October, Humphrey signed a five-year expansion agreement worth $97.5 million ($19.5 million for the season). On Friday, Stanley agreed to a five-year extension for $98.75 million.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Humphrey has a legitimate defensive player for 2020, and his new contract extension with the Ravens underlines this fact. Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire
It’s never been important to me to be the highest paid, Humphrey said earlier this month. The best thing for me was to stay a crow. I remember when I first came here, Chris Moore and I joked and said we were crows for life. And it feels really good to be him.
When Eric Decosta took over the company in January 2019 as head of Ozzy Newsom at Raven, he stressed that he wanted to retain his young talent before joining an independent agency.
March has long been a disappointing time for the organization. The crows couldn’t get to the teams that beat C.J. Mosley’s inside linebacker and Za’Darius Smith’s outside linebacker, center-back Ryan Jensen, defender Kelechi Osemele, forward Rick Wagner and defender Kyle Juszczyk.
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During his 20 months as general manager, DeCosta signed nearly a dozen contracts with players, including kicker Justin Tucker and cornerman Markus Peters. But the biggest achievement was keeping the best defender at Humphrey and Jackson at Stanley.
I’m proud the boys really want to be here, Coach John Harbo Ravens said. I’m proud the boys want to come here. It was built over a long period of time, as it were. We’re just trying to do the right thing.
The signing by Stanley and Humphrey was only the first important step in maintaining the base of the Ravens. This off-season, Baltimore can appeal to a franchise label for one of the best shots (Yannick Ngakowe seems to be the most important candidate compared to Matthew Judon).
Jackson, the ruling NFL MVP, has put his newcomer contract on hold and was able to sign a new contract within the next two years. The narrow end of Mark Andrews and the conquest of Orlando Brown Jr.’s right wing will be free agents in 2022.
I think the Rooks are doing a very good job of finding good talent and trying to keep this culture as it has always been, Stanley said. It’s just Raven’s football.