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A Pro-Bowl QB is coming back to Baltimore

It’s just not the one fans want to hear about

2023 NFL Pro Bowl Games Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

As fans continue to wait and wait and wait on hopeful franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson’s contract situation, at least part of the equation for that room should be solved soon.

Tyler Huntley, commonly known as ‘Snoop’, sounds like he’ll return to Baltimore. After starting zero games in his rookie year as an undrafted free agent in 2020, Huntley has since started nine games, including a playoff start in 2022, appearing in 14 total since 2021 in a backup role to Jackson.

Huntley has been a steady, classic backup. A guy you can win with, but not win because of. A modest 3-5 record in regular season games started with a career 76.6 rating. Teams and fans know mostly what to expect out of Huntley. A mobile quarterback who can fall into the scheme led by Jackson, just a little less dynamic consistently and with less arm talent and strength. Huntley also made the Pro Bowl in 2022 as the fourth alternate (funnily enough, Jackson was the first).

With Jackson hurt last year, Huntley started the playoff game in Cincinnati for Baltimore. Unfortunately, after an admirable performance in the first three quarters, including a game-tying 41 yards touchdown pass in the third quarter, Huntley made probably his worst career mistake. With a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter, Huntley decided to go high instead of low on a sneak attempt past the two-yard line.

While this was a bitter moment for the Ravens, it’s important to look back at the situation. A game the Ravens were supposed to have no chance to win according to all the predictions, and a backup starter with no notable wide receivers had them in position to take the lead in the 4th quarter. With that in mind, Huntley’s return to Baltimore makes sense. Let's just hope it’s a backup to a different Pro Bowl QB.