Baltimore Ravens and Marshal Yanda agree to contract extension


The Baltimore Ravens have agreed on a four-year extension with All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda today, which should keep him in a Ravens uniform for the remainder of his career. The financial terms of the deal have yet to be released, but we will update you as the Ravens give us the information.

Yanda, a third-round draft pick in 2007, has been one of the best guards in the NFL since coming out of the University of Iowa. He was in the final year of his contract, but now will be protecting Joe Flacco until the 2019 season. He last signed a five-year, $32 million deal in 2012.

He will be the third extension that General Manager Ozzie Newsome has finished this season. He signed cornerback Jimmy Smith and safety Will Hill to extensions earlier in the season.

“My family and I are very excited to stay with such an incredible organization,” Yanda told reporters on the team’s website. “We feel fortunate to have reached an extension, and I look forward to carrying on the Baltimore Ravens’ great tradition. Hopefully, I will finish my career as a Raven.”

Yanda, 31, is a four-time Pro Bowler and was named a First-Team All-Pro last season. He’s off to another terrific start this season as has rated the No. 1 guard so far this season. He was the top-rated guard last season, as well. He’s also very versatile along the line for Baltimore, having played both guard and tackle in his time in Charm City.

The news of Yanda’s extension comes at a time where there is not much good coming from the Ravens camp. Keeping Yanda in the fold will make it interesting to see what the team does with fellow guard, Kelechi Osemele, who is also in the final year of his deal. It is going to be difficult to keep both around at a premium price. The Ravens also have kicker Justin Tucker and defensive end Courtney Upshaw playing on the final year of their contracts.

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