Ravens sign All-Pro LT Ronnie Stanley to huge contract extension through 2025

By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun on

Published in Football

BALTIMORE — The Ravens signed All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley to a five-year contract extension Friday, building on their commitment to retaining homegrown talent with a massive deal for one of the team's most important pillars.

Stanley, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, agreed to a new deal worth $112.9 million overall through the 2025 season, according to ESPN, including $70.9 million guaranteed. The extension itself is for five years and $98.8 million; the annual value ($19.8 million) is less than that of the three-year, $66 million deal that left tackle Laremy Tunsil signed this offseason with the Houston Texans.

The Ravens' big-money deal for their 2016 first-round pick comes almost a month after their 2017 first-round pick, All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey, also signed a five-year, $98.8 million extension through the 2026 season.

"It's a big plus for us," coach John Harbaugh said in a video conference call Friday. "We're very happy for Ronnie and his family. Well earned, well deserved. And also very happy for the Ravens and for our team, because it makes us stronger for the long haul."

Stanley, who has started 61 of a possible 70 games in his Ravens career, has developed into perhaps the NFL's top offensive tackle and a reliable blindside protector for star quarterback Lamar Jackson. Last season, he was named to his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro team after not allowing a sack, according to Pro Football Focus.

Despite a handful of minor injuries this season, Stanley leads all NFL tackles in pass-block win rate and is fifth in run-block win rate, according to ESPN, which measures how often a lineman can sustain his block for 2.5 seconds or longer.


"We are excited to announce a five-year contract extension with Ronnie Stanley through the 2025 season," Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement. "Ronnie is the mainstay on our offensive line. He's a shutdown left tackle who excels on the field and in our community. This is just the beginning for Ronnie, and we could not be happier for him and his family."

Stanley on Friday noted his appreciation for Ravens executive vice president Ozzie Newsome, who as general manager took the Notre Dame standout No. 6 overall despite "people (who) were in his ear trying to persuade him other ways." Like No. 5 overall pick Jalen Ramsey, now a lockdown cornerback with the Los Angeles Rams, Stanley has emerged as one of the 2016 draft's top players.

"I'm very appreciative of the whole organization," Stanley said. "I'm just really happy that I could prove (Newsome) right, prove the organization right and just help this team when our ultimate goal is to win Super Bowls."

As an elite pass blocker and much-improved run blocker, Stanley gives the Ravens schematic flexibility for years to come. With the Jackson-led offense becoming less reliant on its rushing attack this season — nearly half the Ravens' plays have been pass attempts, a change from last year's ground-game dominance — Stanley could become even more valuable.


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