The Ravens 2016 starting running back, Terrance West, will be returning to Baltimore in 2017, according to the Ravens official Twitter account.
As mentioned in the tweet, West was a restricted free agent this offseason, and after signing his restricted free agent tender, West will remain a Raven.
The deal is for just one year, and will pay West just under $1.8 million. It is unclear whether the Ravens have intentions to sign thr Baltimore native to a long term deal.
West was the team leader in 2016 in rushing, but the Ravens finished 28th in the NFL in rushing last season. However, a lot of the rushing deficiencies arguably came as a result of the Ravens commitment to throwing the ball under Marty Mornhinweg. The Ravens added Danny Woodhead this offseason to help on passing downs, but the whole backfield will need to have an impact if this offense plans to be successful.
Based on the fact that the Ravens didn’t seem to make an attempt to give West a longer deal, the future of the Ravens backfield, despite the four game suspension to start the season, looks to be in the hands of Kenneth Dixon.
West will likely open the season as the starter, but keep an eye on Dixon as he may quickly win the job back upon his return.