After much hype coming into the 2009 NFL Draft, Michael Oher was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round (23rd overall). After struggling for the first few years, which can probably be attributed to switching back-and-forth between the left and right sides of the line, Michael has shown that he is the solid offensive lineman the Ravens were hoping for when they drafted him with their first-round pick back in 2009.
While some may be able to argue that the Baltimore Ravens' offense line has faltered thus far in the 2012 season, Michael Oher has consistently been on of the strengths of the offensive line. According to Football Outsiders, the Baltimore Ravens have the 9th strongest offensive line left-end side in the NFL (a 2.77 Adjusted Line Yards rating for a rating of 100% value). With a player as effective as Michael Oher has been it would be foolish not to lock him up to a long-term contract before he gets a chance to hit the free-agent market.
It's not as if the Baltimore Ravens have anything to worry about though, Michael wants to be back in Baltimore just as bad as we want him to stay here. In fact, he was quoted as saying:
From NFL.com: "I love it here, it's a great organization and a great city. I would love to finish out here. That's up to the organization. Without a doubt my ears are open."
While the contract extension is imminent, the only thing that might slightly hinder its progress are the details and numbers. But these are just petty details to the Baltimore Ravens' front-office, I'm sure. I think the Baltimore Ravens, Michael Oher, and the entire Ravens fanbase all know that we will be seeing #74 in black and purple for many years to come.
Pay attention in the following weeks as more details are sure to surface in regards to the years and dollars amount.