Baltimore Ravens and Tight End Mark Andrews Agree to 4-Year Deal

On the tight ends 26th birthday, the Baltimore Ravens and Mark Andrews have reportedly agreed to a 4-year $56 million dollar extension, $37.6 million guaranteed. The deal makes Andrews the third highest paid tight end in the NFL, just behind San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

Andrew’s was set to become a free agent in 2022, but both Andrews and the Ravens had been in talks all offseason regarding an extension.

Andrews has greatly exceeded expectation since being drafted by the Ravens in the third-round of the 2018 NFL draft, the second tight end the Ravens selected that year. The Ravens also selected tight end Hayden Hurst with their first pick in 2018.

After a solid rookie season in which Andrews caught 34 passes for 552 yards and three touchdowns, splitting time with fellow tight ends Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle, and Hayden Hurst. Andrews had a break out season in 2019 becoming quarterback Lamar Jackson’s favorite target, helping Jackson to capture the leagues MVP that season. Andrews finished 2019 with 64 receptions for 852 yards and ten touchdowns. His ten touchdown receptions was good enough to lead all tight ends while also finishing tied for second with Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp among all positions, behind only Lions receiver Kenny Golladay’s 11.

Fellow tight end, Hayden Hurst would be traded at seasons end to the Atlanta Falcons making Andrews the number one tight end coming into the 2020 season. While Andrew’s production slightly dipped in 2020 catching 58 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns. Andrew’s would still finish sixth in touchdowns and fifth in yards among all tight ends, while only playing in 14 games.

Ravens press release regarding Andrew’s signing:

RAVENS AGREE TO CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH TE MARK ANDREWS The Baltimore Ravens on Monday agreed to a four-year contract extension with Pro Bowl TE Mark Andrews, keeping him under contract through the 2025 season.

“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.”

Here are several notes about the 6-5, 256-pound Andrews: Entering his fourth NFL season, Andrews, 26, has played in 45 career games, recording 156 receptions for 2,105 yards (13.5 avg.) and 20 touchdowns. A 2019 Pro Bowler, Andrews was originally a 2018 third-round draft pick (86th overall) by Baltimore.

In 2020, Andrews recorded 58 receptions for 701 yards and seven receiving touchdowns for the NFL’s seventh-best scoring offense (29.3 ppg). He became the first tight end in Ravens’ history to produce multiple seasons (2019-20) with at least 700 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. Since 2019, Andrews’ 17 receiving touchdowns are the most among NFL tight ends and tie DK Metcalf (Seattle) for the league’s eighth most overall. Andrews’ 11 red zone touchdown receptions during this span are tied with Travis Kelce (Kansas City) for the most by an NFL tight end.

En route to earning Pro Bowl honors in 2019, Andrews finished with team highs in receptions (64), receiving yards (852) and receiving touchdowns (10), helping Baltimore produce the NFL’s top-ranked scoring offense (33.2 ppg). His 10 touchdown catches are a single-season franchise record by a tight end. In 2019, Andrews’ 10 receiving touchdowns tied (Cooper Kupp; Los Angeles Rams) for second in the NFL and ranked first among all tight ends.

As a rookie in 2018, Andrews became the Ravens’ record holder for most receptions (34) and receiving yards (552) in a season by a rookie tight end, passing Maxx Williams (32 for 268 in 2015). His 552 receiving yards in 2018 also ranked first among all NFL rookie tight ends.

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