Mark Andrews, Ravens Have Had 'Preliminary Discussions' on Contract Extension

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 9, 2021

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) warms-up before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)
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While most of the attention this offseason has been focused on a possible extension for quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens are also talking about a new deal for tight end Mark Andrews

General manager Eric DeCosta told reporters on Tuesday the team has had "preliminary discussions" with Andrews about extending his contract. 

"Mark is a very good player. I love everything about Markhis personality, his ability, work ethic, demeanor, competitiveness," said DeCosta. "Got a great family. Again, he's the type of guy we want to keep."

A third-round pick by the Ravens in the 2018 draft, Andrews is entering the final season of his rookie contract. The Oklahoma product is scheduled to earn $3.384 million in base salary in 2021, per Spotrac.

Andrews has been one of Jackson's favorite targets over the past three seasons. He averaged 23.7 yards per reception on 13 catches in the final seven regular-season games of his rookie year when Jackson took over as the starting quarterback. 

During Jackson's MVP season in 2019, the 25-year-old led the Ravens with 98 targets, 64 receptions, 852 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while earning his first Pro Bowl berth. Andrews had another strong performance in 2020 with 701 yards and seven touchdowns, ranking second on the team to Marquise Brown in both categories. They shared the team lead in catches with 58, though Brown had more 12 more targets (100)

Baltimore has made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, including posting a league-best 14-2 record in 2019.