The Ravens announced on Thursday that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with guard Marshal Yanda. RSR staff react to the news here.
Marshal is a probable Hall of Famer and one of the most respected players in the Ravens locker room. His quiet leadership cannot be understated and he continues to perform at an All Pro level. We saw little drop off from him in 2018. The extension is beneficial in that it provides security and an anchor to a thin interior offensive line and in all likelihood, the extension will trigger more cap relief in 2019, which gives General Manager Eric DeCosta more flexibility to find free agent talent that might fall from rosters after the draft.
This puts to rest the retirement rumors. Yanda has been one of the very best offensive lineman in the league for his entire career with no signs of decline. I’m not sure what the deal is worth but it should lower his cap number this year. Eric DeCosta continues to deliver in his first year as the GM.
Not only do the Ravens (nominally) keep Yanda for 2 more seasons, but they clear up a menacing uncertainty about his considered retirement. It made no sense that there wasn’t a contract extension discussed (by either the Ravens or Yanda’s agent), and the silence was ominous.
I expect Yanda will reevaluate retirement after 2019, but if he plays well through 2020 (14 seasons in total), he’ll solidify his HoF credentials.
I still believe the Ravens will use at least 1 iOL pick in the draft and quite possibly #22. It’s nice that the Ravens are not looking for just one position in Round 1, which both increases the likelihood to match need with value and reduces the risk of another team trading for the pick in front of them as occurred in 2007 (LT Joe Staley) and 2010 (Dez Bryant).