Ravens, Ronnie Stanley Resume Talks

The Ravens have a few key players either in contract years or eligible for extensions. Ronnie Stanley resides as one of those talents, and the team has resumed talks with its cornerstone left tackle, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com notes.

This certainly represents a notable development, with Hensley adding that these talks had been on hold since the parties last discussed the issue in February. One season remains on Stanley’s rookie deal.

Stanley surged to the All-Pro first team last year and can realistically aim to become the NFL’s highest-paid tackle. That distinction will mean more now than it would have had the parties reached an agreement last year. Laremy Tunsil drove the market to the $22MM-per-year range earlier this year. No other tackle earns more than $18MM on average, creating an interesting issue for a Ravens team that also has Matt Judon on the franchise tag and Marlon Humphrey eligible for a new deal. Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews will become extension-eligible after the season.

It’s not really at the forefront of my mind. We’re still in talks, and hopefully, we are trying to get something done soon,” Stanley said, via Hensley. “But I think my main focus has always been be the best player I can be [and] help my team win. The money usually takes care of itself after that.”

The cap potentially set to decrease by more than $20MM in 2021 has many teams stalled on contract talks. Stanley will be the Ravens’ top franchise tag candidate, should the sides not agree to a deal this year. The 26-year-old blocker is attached to a $12.87MM fifth-year option salary this season.

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7 comments on “Ravens, Ronnie Stanley Resume Talks

  1. JJB0811

    ‘The cap potentially set to decrease by more than $20MM in 2021 has many teams stalled on contract talks.’

    Sorry but well over a billion dollars have been signed this offseason. The cap isn’t going down, so get over it.

    • wagner13

      How do you know the cap isn’t going down? Can you travel through time? Just because the cap is set to decrease doesn’t mean teams literally can’t spend money

    • All American Johnsonville Dogs

      Thats not how this works…thats how how any of this works.

      You know what the highest contract was this off season by a free agent? Byron Jones at 82.5 mill.

      You’re literally including Patrick Mahomes deal qhixh accounrts for half that total which pays him 21 mill in 2021 then 27 mill in 2022 then big money between 2023 and 2028.

      The cap is going to decrease. That’s a fact. It will decrease in 2021 which will impact teams spending.

      Guys may get contracts and extensions but their 2021 and 2022 salaries will be less than they’d typically earn and will make up money on back half of the deals.

      Players literally took short term deals this off season for less than they’d typically get in anticipation of the market going down.

      But sure. All these facts don’t matter compared to your opinion.

  2. millieclan

    Go younger less money on the cap ,don’t handicap franchise with big contracts , plus they not gonna play

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