Courtney Upshaw is entering the final year of his contract, a year where Ravens players stereotypically burst out and sucker some doormat team into giving them more than they are worth.
I don't see that happening with Courtney Upshaw.
It's not that I don't think Upshaw is a good player. He's been a very solid player for the Ravens and he deserves a second contract.
It's just that Courtney Upshaw has never been one of the sexy sack men during his Ravens career, and that's precisely what the teams that throw $40 million at guys like Pernell McPhee and Paul Kruger look at when they toss that money their way.
Upshaw isn't that kind of guy. Upshaw has three sacks in his entire career, and I don't see him becoming some sack machine now.
And while the same thing can be said of players Paul Kruger and Pernell McPhee, it should be remembered that Krugers sack numbers progressively improved during his tenure here and that Pernell McPhee had six sacks as a rookie, so it's not like the two came completely out of nowhere.
And Upshaw had a leg up on the two, as he's been a regular starter on defense his entire career.
The fact is that Upshaw is not a player who is going to generate sacks, Courtney Upshaw is a player who does the unsexy work of football, the work that Upshaw was brought in to do isn't the kind that gets a lot of attention nationally, and it's doubtful that many teams outside of the Ravens are going to throw large sums of money at a player who rarely gets to the quarterback.