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Baltimore Ravens sign Mark Andrews to massive contract extension

The Baltimore Ravens are taking care of some housekeeping a week before they open up the regular season. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Baltimore has signed star tight end Mark Andrews to a four-year, $56 million contract extension.

This has been high on the priority list for Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta. Andrews, 25, was entering the final year of his rookie contract and was set to earn a base salary of $3.38 million in 2021. Baltimore needed to lock him up ahead of Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders to avoid the Pro Bowl tight end hitting free agency next March.

Mark Andrews’ new contract with the Baltimore Ravens

baltimore ravens sign mark andrews to massive extension
Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) is pushed out of bounds by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither (59) in the third quarter during a Week 17 NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Baltimore Ravens won, 38-3. The Cincinnati Bengals finished with 2020 season 4-11-1 (Kareem Elgazzar via Imagn Content Services, LLC).

The $14 million average annual salary makes Andrews the third highest-paid tight end in NFL history behind better-known players such as San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle and Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs.

It’s a mighty big investment for a Baltimore Ravens squad that still needs to lock up former NFL MVP Lamar Jackson to a massive long-term contract. Perhaps, that’s something the team plans on getting done ahead of their opener on “Monday Night Football.”

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As for Andrews, the former third-round pick from Oklahoma has been Jackson’s favorite target in the passing game over the past two seasons. During that span, Andrews has recorded 122 receptions for 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns while catching 66% of his targets.