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Ravens and Marlon Humphrey agree to five-year contract extension

Humphrey is now among the league’s highest paid defenders

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The Baltimore Ravens and All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey agreed to a five-year, $98.75 million dollar extension on Thursday to kick off October.

Humphrey’s new contract trumps that of draft-mate Tre’Davious White, who signed a four-year, $82 million dollar extension this year. Humphrey will be the second highest-paid cornerback in the league, falling just shy of Jalen Ramsey’s five-year, $105 million contract signed in early September.

Humphrey is one of the league’s best press-man corners, who has shown the ability to shadow some of the NFL’s top receivers as well as play in the slot. Humphrey’s versatility, talent, durability and physical dominance have become must-see TV for the Ravens over the past three years.

According to Pro Football Reference, Humphrey has notched 44 passes defended since entering the league as a first-round draft pick in 2017. Only Darius Slay (56), Stephon Gilmore (51) and Tre’Davious White (46) have recorded more in that time.

Humphrey has been a defensive leader for Baltimore since taking over full-time duties in 2019. His defensive prowess has translated to the run game, as well as generating turnovers by any means possible. Humphrey has forced four (4) fumbles, as well as nabbing eight (8) interceptions, all before his 25th birthday. Humphrey won’t turn 25 until July 2021, making him one of the NFL’s preeminent players under 25 years old, and now gets the largest contract of any player yet to blow out 25 candles. He also is the NFL’s 11th highest-paid defender with his extension.

“Marlo” has epitomized “playing like a Raven” with his tenacity and work ethic from the moment he entered the Ravens facility in Owings Mills, Maryland, only continuing to improve with each passing year, game and practice.

The Ravens, who will spend over $100 million on their defense in 2020, continue to invest in their secondary. Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey’s total contracts alone measure around $140 million dollars total, showing the Ravens clear cut determination to maintain a high level of coverage ability. The duo is now the second highest-paid tandem in the league, just behind the Xavien Howard and Byron Jones in Miami ($157 million in total contracts).

Humphrey’s contract is the largest ever given to any former Alabama Crimson Tide player, and the second largest contract that the Ravens have given in team history (Joe Flacco). The Ravens now have the face of their defense locked up through 2026, as Humphrey will play the final year of his rookie contract in 2021-2022 before his extension kicks in.