The bar has been set pretty high recently for what top tight ends in the NFL should earn, as the San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle and Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce just secured monster contracts. This is nothing but good news for Ravens tight end Mark Andrews who continues to prove he’s also one of the best in the league and deserves close to the same big payday.
Andrews wasted no time since arriving in Charm City emerging as one of the most reliable players for Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. He’s coming off an impressive sophomore campaign in which he led all major receiving categories, catching 64 passes for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning his first Pro Bowl nomination.
Andrews is just a year away from being eligible for an extension, and it would be naive to think he’s not looking around the league at what his peers are earning.
When asked about how much he pays attention to the guys who are signing those big contracts, Andrews said, “obviously you see it."
"The tight end position is pretty tight knit, you’re always rooting for other guys. Kittle and Kelce are two of the best in the game so whenever they do something or whenever something happens you’re going to hear about that. It’s good to see that the position is growing, obviously it’s been underpaid for a long long time.”
Andrew's is currently making $959,165 this season -- a complete steal for Baltimore -- but can start discussing a new contract this year. The 49ers gave Kittle a five-year extension worth $75 million, while the Chiefs signed Kelce to a four-year extension worth $57.25 million. It would be difficult for the Ravens to argue Andrews deserves anything less than $14 million per year.
The issue for Baltimore is that Andrews is just one of several Pro Bowl players that will be wanting to negotiate a new monster deal. General Manager Eric DeCosta will also have to factor in cornerback Marlon Humphrey, left tackle Ronnie Stanley, outside linebacker Matthew Judon and quarterback Lamar Jackson. Their rookie deals will all come to an end in the next two years.
I guess you could say it’s not a bad problem to have. This team just has too much talent and not enough cash in the pocket book.
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