Ravens Bring Back Quarterback Ryan Mallett, Pick Up Wallace’s Option

OWINGS MILLS, MD – The Ravens don’t appear to be in the market for a backup quarterback this offseason.

On Thursday, the Ravens announced that they had reached an agreement with free agent quarterback Ryan Mallett, bringing him back to Baltimore. The contract is said to be a one year, $2 million deal.

Mallett has seen very limited action in his time with the Ravens. After Joe Flacco went down with a torn ACL late in the 2015 season, Mallett started the final two games. In week 16 of the 2015 season, a 20-17 win over the Steelers, Mallett passed for 274 yards and a touchdown. This past season, the 28-year-old saw action in just four games, passing for 26 yards an interception.

The return of Mallett provides some consistency at the quarterback position for Baltimore. Mallett is built up very similar to Flacco: tall with a big arm. He is familiar with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, as well as the rest of the Ravens’ coaching staff.

In five NFL seasons with the Patriots, Texans, and Ravens, Mallett has thrown for 1,779 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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Wallace takes a selfie after scoring against the Browns in week 2. Credit: Baltimore Sun

WALLACE RETURNING – Also on Thursday, the Ravens announced that they had picked up the second year option on the contract of wide receiver Mike Wallace, signed last year. Wallace will have an $8 million cap hit against the Ravens this season.

Before Torrey Smith was signed by the Eagles, there were some rumors that the Ravens would try to sign Smith to a cheaper deal before releasing Wallace. With Smith now in Philadelphia, the Ravens knew that keeping Wallace was a must.

Behind Wallace, Baltimore is extremely thin at receiver, with Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore being the top names.

Wallace played in all 16 games last season for the Ravens, catching 72 passes for 1,017 yards and four touchdowns. It was the first time since 2011 that he had more than 1,000 receiving yards.

 

 

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