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5 things to know about newest Ravens lineman Ben Bredeson

5 things to know about newest Ravens lineman Ben Bredeson

The Ravens are continuing to add important depth to their offensive line by adding Ben Bredeson out of Michigan in the fourth round.

This was clearly a necessary priority after losing Marshal Yanda to retirement and with Matt Skura coming off a devastating leg injury. They drafted Ben Powers last season and Tyre Phillips earlier in this draft.

All three have a chance to fill in next to Orlando Brown Jr. on the right side of the line, forming a crucial element of the Ravens' running game. Thanks to his physicality and experience, Bredeson will have every opportunity to win the starting job.

Here are five things to know about the newest Baltimore Raven.

1. He's excellent in pass protection

The Ravens have obviously put a heavy focus on their rushing attack so far, highlighted by the addition of J.K. Dobbins. But Bredeson adds value in a different way as the Ravens attempt to add depth to their offensive line: pass protection.

PFF College named him the best pass-blocking guard in the country in 2019, with 451 snaps spent in pass protection. In those snaps, he allowed zero hits, and zero sacks.

2. He comes from a premier program

This selection continues an obvious trend for the Ravens in the 2020 NFL Draft. Bredeson is the seventh pick for the Ravens this year. The schools those guys have come from? Ohio State (x2), LSU, Mississippi State, Texas, Texas A&M, and now Michigan.

Those are some of the premier programs in all of college football. Bredeson has gone up against the best of the best in his collegiate career, and will now be joining the Ravens along with at least two players from his bitter rivals in the Buckeyes.

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3. That premier program has obvious ties to the Ravens

Of course, the Ravens will be linked closely to Michigan for as long as John and Jim Harbaugh are the head coaches at the two respective spots. With severely limited option this year for meeting with players, John's ability to connect with Jim about his Michigan roster certainly played a role in the Ravens' comfort with Bredeson. 

Bredeson joins Willie Henry and Chris Wormley as Wolverines to be drafted by the Ravens while Jim Harbaugh has been the coach.

4. He's tough, and durable

Bredeson didn't miss a single game in his four seasons at Michigan, starting every game in his final three seasons. That in itself shows a certain level of toughness, considering the violent nature of playing in the trenches.

In 2018, Bredeson won the Toughest Player Award at Michigan. The Ravens have always valued toughness, making him a perfect fit in Baltimore.

5. He has a photographic memory

Bredeson won't have any problems learning the Ravens' complex playbook. The guard has a photographic memory, and he challenged himself by taking the ACT in the 6th grade. His score beat 75% of high schoolers who took it that year.

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How does Patrick Mahomes' mega-extension impact the Ravens and Lamar Jackson?

How does Patrick Mahomes' mega-extension impact the Ravens and Lamar Jackson?

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has agreed to a massive 10-year mega-extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, a deal that ESPN's Adam Schefter has classified as the "richest in NFL history."

In Kansas City, fans rejoiced. The best quarterback in the NFL is under contract for their favorite team for the next 12 seasons.

But in Baltimore? Ravens fans likely immediately thought about Lamar Jackson and the potential deal he could command next offseason.

Jackson is entering his third NFL season and currently is in a similar position to where Mahomes was just a year prior. While they have different playing styles, the career arc through each of their first two seasons has plenty of similarities.

Both quarterbacks sat for the majority of their rookie seasons before becoming their respective team's starter the following year. In each of their first full seasons as the starting quarterback, Mahomes and Jackson led their respective squads to the No. 1 seed in the AFC while earning NFL MVP honors along the way. Both of them even graced the cover of Madden following their MVP seasons, too.

What Jackson does as a curtain call for his incredible 2019 campaign will certainly impact his future contract. Mahomes parlayed his MVP season in 2018 to a Super Bowl title and MVP last year, which confirmed Kansas City's belief in the need to invest in the QB long-term.

Baltimore is expected to be one of the NFL's best teams once again this fall, and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has publicly stated he expects Jackson to make a leap as a passer in 2020.

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As far as how much Jackson will make, it's unjust to put him in the same ballpark as Mahomes at this time -- the Chiefs passer has had arguably the best two years to begin his career as a starter than any quarterback in NFL history.

But, if the Ravens quarterback follows up his incredible 2019 season with an even better 2020, Jackson certainly could have an argument to command a deal similar to the Chiefs' QB just agreed to.

Entering the NFL, much of the knack on Jackson had to do with his arm. Well, the Ravens quarterback led the NFL with 36 touchdown passes a season ago, while also breaking the single-season rushing yards record by a quarterback. Sure, Jackson may not have the arm talent that Mahomes has, but there are also things the Ravens QB can do that the Chiefs passer simply cannot.

For Jackson, next offseason is likely the time the quarterback will sign an extension, similarly to how Mahomes did on Monday. In recent years, we've seen Jared Goff and Carson Wentz also sign lucrative extensions following their third professional season.

But as the salary cap continues to change, and now with Mahomes' record deal, the reality is that Jackson's future contract numbers are a guessing game.

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson and Dallas Cowboys signal-caller Dak Prescott are both due for extensions, and each could happen before Jackson signs a new deal. Those future deals will likely only increase what Jackson, who has an already more impressive resume than both of them, can command.

What Jackson does as an encore to his MVP season will be crucial in contract negotiations next summer. If Jackson regresses slightly but still turns in a solid season, a deal like Goff's (four years, $110 million) or Wentz's (four-years, $107 million) could be two baselines to follow. Yet, if he improves upon his great 2019 year, Mahomes has set the bar for what the Ravens QB can ask for.

Regardless, Jackson's future deal in Baltimore won't be cheap. But, as the quarterback has proven thus far in his career, it will be worth it. Remember, good quarterbacks win Super Bowls, not cheap ones.

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QB Patrick Mahomes agrees to 10-year extension with Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes agrees to 10-year extension with Chiefs

The first two years of Patrick Mahomes being the Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback could not have gone any better.

Now, he's getting rewarded for it.

Mahomes has agreed to an incredible 10-year extension to remain with the franchise through the 2031 season, the team confirmed on Monday. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the news.

The deal with worth $503 million with $140 million guaranteed, which is the richest deal in NFL history.

Mahomes' extension surpasses Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson's annual figure north of $35 million per season. According to Schefter, Mahomes will earn $450 million over that span with a $140 million injury guarantee. For comparison, that is more than MLB's stars Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole and Nolan Arenado have signed in recent years -- in a sport without a salary cap.

The quarterback enters his fourth NFL season in 2020, coming off his first Super Bowl title where he was named the game MVP. Mahomes threw for a league-best 50 touchdowns in 2018, where he earned MVP honors in his first year as a starter. 

Through three seasons, Mahomes is 24-7 as a starter with 9,412 passing yards, 76 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions. He's totaled 500 rushing yards and four touchdowns with his legs, too.

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