The Baltimore Ravens have locked down one of the best tight ends in the league, signing veteran Mark Andrews to a four-year extension worth $56 million, the team announced Monday.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Andrews’ new annual salary of $14 million will make him the highest-paid tight end in the league.
"We are thrilled to announce a four-year contract extension with Mark Andrews on his birthday," Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta stated. "Mark is exactly the type of player we wish to keep as a Raven long-term. He's competitive, passionate, talented and a leader. We are so excited to have him in Baltimore for the next five years. Congratulations to Mark and his family – and happy birthday."
Andrews, 26, has cemented himself as one of the league’s finest tight ends since Baltimore drafted him in the third round in 2018 out of Oklahoma. He earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2019 when he led the Ravens in receptions (64), receiving yards (852) and touchdown receptions (10). Andrews posted 58 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns last year, leading the Ravens to the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs where they lost to Buffalo.
Lamar Jackson will look forward to having Andrews to target, as he is part of a blossoming pass-catching group in Baltimore. The Ravens drafted WR Rashod Bateman with their first-round pick this year and signed Sammy Watkins to a one-year deal in April.
If you need proof that Ravens players are ecstatic over the fact that Andrews will be locked-in for years to come, check out this tweet from fellow pass-catcher, WR Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown: