OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Left winger Ronnie Stanley was late for the morning meeting of the Baltimore Ravens on Friday and called on center Matt Skura to look for a mistake.
"I've got something to do," Stanley wrote back.
It wasn't until later that teammates discovered Stanley was busy signing a five-year extension, which continues the Ravens' commitment to retaining young all-pro talent.
Stanley becomes the NFL's second highest paid left-hander, earning a $ 98.75 million extension, a source shared with ESPN's Adam Schefter. Its annual average of $ 19.75 million is just behind that of Houston's Laremy Tunsil ($ 22 million per season).
Stanley's deal is valued at a maximum of $ 112.866 million, the source said. He outperformed Tunsil in three areas: Signing Bonus ($ 22.5M), Overall Guarantees ($ 70.866M, over $ 16M more than Tunsil), and Payout by March 31 ($ 47.116M).
"I'm just very grateful to the entire organization, especially Ozzie (Newsome, former Ravens GM) who designed me with the sixth choice (2016) and has confidence knowing that people have been in his ear to him in other ways to convince." Said Stanley. "I'm just really glad I could agree with him."
The extension protects Stanley Lamar Jackson's blind side during the 2025 season and comes 29 days after the Ravens All-Pro cornerbacks signed Marlon Humphrey for an extension that also lasted five years and was $ 98.75 million.
"Ronnie is the mainstay of our offensive line," said Eric DeCosta, Ravens general manager. "He's a shutdown left-handed person who excels in the field and in our community. This is just the beginning for Ronnie, and we couldn't be happier for him and his family."
The 26-year-old Stanley used his height, athleticism and strength to evolve into the game's best left tackle last season when he let in six presses during Jackson's NFL MVP campaign – the least by an offensive tackle since 14 Years. He was also a key blocker in Baltimore's dominant running game, which set an NFL record for rushing yards in one season in 2019. All of this earned him the All-Pro and Pro Bowl accolades for the first time in his career.
For seven weeks this season, Stanley has had a pass block win rate of 96.8%, the highest among qualified offensive tackles. His run block win rate of 78.3% ranks ninth among offensive tackles.
"It is important to him," said Raven coach John Harbaugh. "It's important to him. He wants to be the best. He takes care of it. We had a lot of conversations about it."
The Ravens designed Stanley in hopes of filling the long-standing void left by a Hall of Fame lineman. After Jonathan Ogden retired in 2007, Baltimore completed seven left wingers in eight years: Jared Gaither, Adam Terry, Michael Oher, Bryant McKinnie, Eugene Monroe, James Hurst and Kelechi Osemele.
"He's a smart guy more than anything," said Harbaugh. "He understands the value of hard work. He really is a technician at what he does. He talks about it all the time. And in this position, besides talent, what's most important is next to talent. In that way he's very special." ""
It looked like Stanley would get Franchise Day in February, especially if he wanted to become the highest paid leftist. Tunsil rocked the left tackle market in April because of leverage. The Texans had traded two round one picks and one round two picks for Tunsil for the Miami Dolphins, and they couldn't afford to let him go.
The problem for the Ravens is that if they signed everyone on record contracts, they wouldn't be financially able to keep one of the most talented young cadres intact. But Stanley showed how much he wanted to stay in Baltimore by signing an extension similar to that of Humphrey, who is the NFL's second highest paid cornerback after Jalen Ramsey of the Los Angeles Rams.
Stanley said he has confidence that a deal will be closed before the season ends.
"That was definitely one of the main reasons I decided to stay here," said Stanley. "I want to play with these guys because they are like family to me."
Even with Stanley and Humphrey signed, the Ravens face major financial decisions after the season. Baltimore has to decide which pass rusher to sign long-term: Yannick Ngakoue, who was recently acquired in a trade, or Matthew Judon, who received the Ravens Franchise Day this season.
There are three other Pro Bowl players on the Ravens who are slated to become free agents over the next three years: Jackson (potential free agent in 2023), Mark Andrews (2022), and Orlando Brown Jr. (2022).