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Gus Edwards signs his tender with Ravens

Wild Card Round - San Diego Chargers v Baltimore Ravens

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Gus Edwards #35 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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When Ravens coach John Harbaugh declared Gus Edwards the team’s No. 1 running back this offseason, he was technically talking about a player who wasn’t under contract. That matter has been resolved.

Edwards signed his free agent tender with the Ravens today, a league source tells PFT.

Technically, Edwards was an exclusive-rights free agent, which means he couldn’t sign with any other team. For exclusive-rights free agents, signing is basically a formality, as they would have no leverage if they tried to get a better deal than the tender offer.

Edwards initially signed as an undrafted rookie with the Ravens last year, was cut at the end of the preseason and then signed to the practice squad. When he finally made the active roster, in October, he immediately impressed, and by the end of the regular season and the playoffs, he was the Ravens’ top running back.

He’s expected to compete with Mark Ingram to be the top running back heading into this season as well, and now he can get to work.