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Mark Andrews’ Contract Extension Makes So Much Sense

  • The Draft Network
  • September 7, 2021
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According to multiple reports, the Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a massive contract extension with tight end Mark Andrews. Baltimore is giving their star tight end a four-year extension worth $56 million with $37.6 million in guarantees. Andrews will earn an average of $14 million per year, and the duration of the contract currently means he’ll make more money than any other player at his position over that period. Only San Francisco’s George Kittle ($15 million APY) and Kansas City’s Travis Kelce ($14.3 million APY) are currently in line to earn more money on an annual basis than Andrews will.

Andrews reiterated his desire to stay in Baltimore for the long haul back in June.

“I love Baltimore, I love being here, I love playing here,” Andrews said. “I want to be here for the rest of my life.”

Andrews is a tone-setter that practices with the same intensity we see him play with on Sundays. His positive attitude and work ethic is infectious and rubs off on his teammates. He’s the type of player you want to keep around for as long as you can, and Baltimore will now do just that. Lamar Jackson may still be waiting on his massive extension, but something tells me this news brought an ear-to-ear smile to his face.

Andrews is one of the best tight ends in the league. His 17 touchdown catches over the past two years leads all tight ends in that category (Kelce is second with 16). While it’s the Kelces and Kittles that receive most of the fanfare on a national basis, Andrews has been as consistent as any of his counterparts.

If Andrews plays out the entire contract, it will take him through 2025, and he’ll hit free agency at the tender age of 30. This means the Ravens have all but committed to him for the remainder of his prime years. 

Andrews was his usual dominant self in 2020. He finished the year with 58 receptions, 701 yards, and seven touchdowns. Had he played the full season (he missed two games), he likely would have finished as Baltimore’s top receiver. He trailed Marquise “Hollywood” Brown for the team lead in yards. Brown finished with just 68 more yards (769) than Andrews did despite playing in two more games (16) than Andrews did.

Going forward, we expect Andrews to be Jackson’s No. 1 weapon in the passing game. This Baltimore offense needs to air it out more in 2021 than they did in 2020, and there’s no doubt that Andrews will be a big part of that. Baltimore added a trio of exciting pass-catchers in the offseason in the form of first-round pick Rashod Bateman, fourth-round pick Tylan Wallace, and veteran receiver Sammy Watkins, but make no mistake, it will be Andrews that keeps opposing defensive coordinators up at night.

Rejoice Ravens fans, Andrews is here to stay and will continue to be an elite playmaker in 2021 and beyond. Baltimore will now turn their attention to what’s sure to be a record-breaking extension with their franchise quarterback. We can’t wait to see how that one plays out.

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