OWINGS MILLS – As usual, right guard Marshal Yanda is focused on business, not potential distractions. Yanda is a Pro Bowl player, one of the NFL’s best at his position entering the last year of his five-year, $20 million contract. Ravens left guard Kelechi Osemele is also entering a contract year, and it will be difficult for the Ravens to re-sign both.
However, Yanda insists he’s not thinking about money, or where he will play after next season. With all five starters returning up front, Yanda sees an opportunity for the Ravens to have their best offensive line since he joined the team in 2007. If the unit gels the way Yanda hopes it will, he believes the 2015 season could be special.
“I think we should have a great year,” Yanda said. “That’s the expectation. Obviously we did well last year. We want to build on that and be better this year…We’re all excited to get after teams this fall.”
Asked if he thought the Ravens could have the best offensive line in football, Yanda said, “I’m not much for words. We’ll do our talking September when the games count.”
Yanda is taking a business-like approach to contract talks as well.
“I’m focused on the mandatory minicamp right now and stuff like that. We’ll worry about that when the time comes. But right now, I’m focused on getting better as a football player and stuff like that. We’ll get it done when we get it done. I’m not too worried about it.”
The Ravens aren’t worried about Yanda either. There may be questions about Yanda’s future. But there is no doubt how the Ravens expect Yanda to perform.