Marshal Yanda and Ravens agree to one-year contract extension

On Thursday afternoon ESPN‘s Adam Schefter reported that the Ravens and seven-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda agreed to a one-year contract extension to keep Yanda in Baltimore though the 2020 season.

Schefter’s tweet sums it up nicely. With Yanda entering the last year of his deal and turning 35 on September 15, some reporters and Ravens fans questioned if Yanda would remain with the team after 2019.

That question has been answered. Unless Yanda suffers another significant injury during the upcoming season, he’ll definitely play for Baltimore again in 2020.

The key for him is staying healthy. A few weeks ago at the Ed Block Courage Awards Yanda spoke with Nolan McGraw about how he overcame a fractured ankle that costed him 14 games of his 2017 season in addition to undergoing a shoulder surgery a few months after suffering the ankle injury. The shoulder issue popped up during a lifting session, aggravating an injury sustained during the 2016 season.

Needless to say, Yanda has been through a lot since turning 30, but he suited up for all 16 games in 2018, on his way to getting elected to his seventh Pro Bowl.

With the offensive line expected to be one of the positions the Ravens target in the upcoming draft, particularly at left guard and center, locking up Yanda for an additional season can’t do any harm. Even at his advanced age he’s one of the best guards in the NFL. He’s also a great role model for not only the Ravens young offensive linemen, but for the entire team.

The Ravens have made it known that they want to continue running the football in 2019. Regardless of how much running Lamar Jackson will be doing as the starting quarterback, having a future Hall-of-Fame offensive lineman protecting him will only benefit the Ravens.

Image Credit: USA TODAY

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