Marlon Humphrey's Ravens Contract Reportedly for 4 Years, $11.9 Million

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2017

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey, center, the Baltimore Ravens' first-round draft pick, poses before a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Friday, April 28, 2017. With Humphrey are director of college scouting Joe Hortiz, coach John Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, from left. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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The Baltimore Ravens and defensive back Marlon Humphrey, the 16th overall selection in the 2017 NFL draft, reportedly have come to terms on a four-year, $11.9 million rookie contract. 

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the terms after Baltimore announced the contract on May 5.

Humphrey has the pedigree of a future star in every sense of the term. He's the son of a former NFL player, running back Bobby Humphrey, he landed with the famed Hoover High School program in Alabama and then played his college ball in-state with the Crimson Tide.

Sometimes a player who's traveled such a football-intense road can become burnt out before getting a chance to shine in the NFL. That doesn't seem like the case for the 20-year-old corner, who explained the feeling he gets before every opening kickoff to Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website.

"When the game starts, it feels like something special to me," Humphrey said. "I think football is something that you have to be pretty passionate about to be good at, or else you are just there. I love the game."

The promising playmaker racked up 81 total tackles, 13 passes defended, five interceptions and three forced fumbles across 29 games at the collegiate level.

Not everybody is convinced he'll become a top-tier player at the next level, though. Skip Bayless of Fox Sports 1 questioned Humphrey's upside:

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Marlon Humphrey played a lot of football for Nick Saban but I never saw a Pro Bowl corner. Respect Ozzie but surprised by this pick.

That said, the Ravens won't be forced to lean too heavily on the rookie right away. He'll join a talented secondary that also features Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr, Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson as starters as well as Tavon Young and Lardarius Webb among the depth pieces.

Getting to learn from those players will be an invaluable resource for Humphrey. He may not end up posting monster numbers as a rookie as he fights for playing time within that group, but his background suggests he's a smart long-term investment for Baltimore.


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