The Ravens and OLB Tyus Bowser agreed on a new four-year contract this morning.
#Ravens are re-signing OLB Tyus Bowser to a 4-year deal, $22m (upside to $27m), with $12m gtd, source said.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 16, 2021
Bowser was always a crucial player to retain long-term. He’s been playing better and better. Tremendous athlete who has also cleaned up some of his technique and overall awareness issues. He’s primed to ascend with Judon gone.
The deal is also fair market value and a bit less than what the Ravens would have had to spend to retain Judon and Yannick. However, Bowser is arguably the player who has the most upside in this defense to outperform those guys given the full plate of snaps.
— This is a solid deal, especially considering the Ravens already lost Matt Judon (Patriots), Yannick Ngakoue (Raiders) and Jihad Ward (Jaguars) to free agency.
— Bowser has gotten better each year as a pro. After his first two seasons, Bower’s future in Baltimore was murky. However, he dedicated himself to becoming a better player and it paid off.
— The addition of Bowser does not solve the Ravens challenges with their pass rush. They’ll still have to add another outside linebacker or defensive end. But Bowser will make an impact on defense and on special teams.
And, if so, having Bowser on a 4-yr deal, at $5.5M per, would end up being an incredible steal. W/ the $$ now largely out of the market, I wondered if he'd just look for a 1-yr, $5-6M deal to hit the market again next yr. I'm kind of astonished they got him at that price for 4.
— Brian McFarland (@RavensSalaryCap) March 16, 2021
This was a very important move for the Ravens. I believe keeping Bowser at a cheaper price over Judon or Ngakoue was the way to go. Bowser has been the best coverage linebacker on the team including the middle linebackers. With Wink Martindale’s scheme it’s imperative that the Sam linebacker is versatile. Bowser is also three years younger than Judon. I think Bowser’s best football is ahead of him. This comes down to right player, right price. Eric DeCosta reminds us again why we should have complete faith in him.