Yanda, 34, that entered the last year of his schooling, $32 million contract, is now tied to the Ravens.
The extension likely means Yanda may finish his career with the Ravens. A third-round selection in 2007 by Baltimore, Yanda has established himself among the NFL’s top interior linemen on the last ten years.
General manager Eric DeCosta recently expressed a desire to play outside this season. Then, on Wednesday night, his 48th birthday was celebrated by DeCosta by striking Yanda against this extension.
“In regards to Marshalwe love Marshal, also we’d love Marshal to keep to play us for a long time,” DeCosta said at the team’s pre-draft press conference in April 2. “He’s a great player. He’s still playing in a high point. He’s a Raven. You may define a Raven and put an image of Marshal Yanda up there, and that’s him.”
Yanda said in the Ed Block Courage Awards that he was enjoying a off season. He had begun exercising and lifting.
Known for his toughness and procedure, Yanda was a vital member of the Ravens’ run-heavy offense with quarterback Lamar Jackson.
If Yanda proceeds to play at a top level for the next two years, it is going to boost his candidacy for Canton.
“He’s just a special human being and a particular player,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh explained a few decades ago. “And he’s a Hall of Famer someday.”
One of guards together with snaps since 2006, Yanda may be the second-highest graded guard overall behind Evan Mathis of the league, based on Pro Football Focus.