The Baltimore Ravens gave their Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews the best birthday present a young NFL player could ask for. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Andrews signed a four-year contract worth $56 million.
Sources: The #Ravens and Pro Bowl TE Mark Andrews have agreed to terms on a substantial extension, with Andrews getting a 4-year deal worth $56M. The $14M APY means he’ll make more money through 4 years than any other TE in the league.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 6, 2021
After establishing himself as one of the best overall pass catchers at the position, Andrews will now be paid accordingly. His average annual salary slots him behind only tight ends Travis Kelce and George Kittle, while slightly ahead of former Raven and current Las Vegas Raider Darren Waller.
Andrews showed some flashes as a rookie but broke out in his second season with his first Pro Bowl season in 2019 where he recorded career highs across the board. His 64 receptions, 852 receiving yards and 98 target led Ravens. His 10 receiving touchdowns not only led the team but it led all tight ends and tied for the second most in the league that year.
This extension makes him the first member of the Ravens 2018 draft class, Ozzie Newsome’s last as General Manager, to receive a new deal.
Other standouts from the class besides Andrews and Lamar Jackson include offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr., tight end Hayden Hurst, cornerback Anthony Averett, safety DeShon Elliott and center Bradley Bozeman.
“We are thrilled to announce a four-year contract extension with Mark Andrews on his birthday,” Ravens executive vice president and general manager Eric DeCosta stated. “Mark is exactly the type of player we wish to keep as a Raven long-term. He’s competitive, passionate, talented and a leader. We are so excited to have him in Baltimore for the next five years. Congratulations to Mark and his family – and happy birthday.”