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The Ravens Just Gave Lamar Jackson a $98 Million Insurance Policy

Lamar Jackson just received a very early Christmas present from his friends in the Baltimore Ravens’ front office.

Baltimore agreed to sign All-Pro offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, Jackson’s protector at left tackle, to a massive contract extension. The new contract will tentatively keep Stanley in a Baltimore Ravens uniform through 2025.

Here is more on the Ravens’ decision to give Stanley a long-term contract extension.

Ronnie Stanley is a rising star offensive lineman

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When all is said and done from the 2016 NFL draft, Ronnie Stanley may be among the best players selected that year.

Stanley isn’t the star quarterback Dak Prescott is or the fearsome pass-rusher that Joey Bosa has become. But few will argue that Stanley isn’t already one of the NFL’s top offensive linemen.

The sixth overall pick in 2016, Stanley has been an elite left tackle for the Ravens. Stanley has always graded well analytically and took major strides last year, earning Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors for the first time.

Stanley’s rise from solid left tackle to elite force in the trenches coincided with Lamar Jackson’s arrival in 2018. Jackson likely would not have become the 2019 NFL MVP and one of the NFL’s bright young players if not for Stanley’s blocking.

The Baltimore Ravens just signed Stanley to a lofty extension

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Clearly, the Baltimore Ravens have seen enough from Stanley to give him a massive contract.

According to ESPN, Baltimore signed Stanley a five-year contract worth $98.75 million. Stanley can receive up to $112 million in max value.

Baltimore guaranteed Stanley, who turns 27 in March, over $70 million. ESPN also reported Stanley would receive $47 million from September 13, when the Ravens played their initial game of the 2020 season, to March 31, 2021.

Baltimore recently signed cornerback Marlon Humphrey to a long-term extension. Lamar Jackson is expected to receive a contract extension next spring.

Ronnie Stanley and Lamar Jackson make up an excellent Ravens core

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At least in the AFC, the 2020s appear poised to belong to the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs.

So long as the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes, they will be competitive and among the NFL’s best teams. Mahomes is doing for Kansas City what Peyton Manning did in Indianapolis and Tom Brady did in New England.

Baltimore has a brilliant young core spearheaded by Ronnie Stanley and Lamar Jackson. The Ravens drafted Oklahoma receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown in 2019, and he is under contract through 2023.

Brown, a home-run threat in college, has 26 catches for 376 yards and a touchdown in six games this year.

Tight end Mark Andrews is under contract through next year. Earlier this season, the Ravens also signed star cornerback Marlon Humphrey to a five-year extension worth $97.5 million and with $66 million in guaranteed money.

The future is bright for Lamar Jackson, Ronnie Stanley, and the Ravens. Next up is, for the first time since 2014, is actually winning a playoff game.

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