The Baltimore Ravens will have one of the league’s best backfield tandems for the foreseeable future after agreeing to terms with running back Gus Edwards, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Ravens and restricted free-agent running back Gus Edwards reached agreement on a two-year, $10 million contract extension, per his agent @DrewJRosenhaus. Edwards now under contract through 2023 season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2021
Edwards originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers in 2018. He didn’t make the initial 53-man roster but midway through his rookie season, he became the bell cow and helped Lamar Jackson run the Ravens to a division title, ending a three-year playoff hiatus in the process.
The former undrafted gem has been an integral part of the team’s historic rushing success over the past two years and has blossomed into one of the best No. 2 running backs in the game.
Despite making just eight starts since his rookie year, Edwards has managed to be consistently productive and highly efficient. He boasts an impressive 5.2 yards per carry career average and has rushed for over 700 yards in each of his first three seasons. He has added to his game every year from both a receiving and elusiveness standpoint.
The Ravens placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Edwards back in March but have always maintained that they wanted to keep him beyond this fall.
Edwards and 2020 second-round pick J.K. Dobbins forged a beastly one-two punch combo during the second half of the season last year and they will continue to complement each other for at least the next three seasons.