Yanda, 34, that had been entering the last year of the four-year, $32 million contract, is now tied to the Ravens.
The expansion likely means Yanda may finish his career with the Ravens. Even a third-round choice in 2007 by Baltimore, Yanda has established himself as one of the top linemen on the past decade of the NFL.
General director Eric DeCosta recently voiced a desire to have Yanda to play outside this season. Subsequently, on Wednesday DeCosta celebrated his birthday with striking this expansion with Yanda.
“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 fantastic player. He’s playing at a level that is high. He’s a Raven. You are able to specify a Raven and set a picture of Marshal Yanda up there, which is him.”
Yanda said at the Ed Block Courage Awards last month that he was enjoying a offseason. He had begun working and lifting.
Known for his strength and technique, Yanda was a key member of the Ravens’ run-heavy offense with quarterback Lamar Jackson. Last seasonhe led an offensive line that’s helped the Ravens produce the NFL’s No. 2 rushing attack (141.9 yards per game).
It is going to improve his candidacy for Canton, if Yanda proceeds to play at a higher level for the subsequent couple of years.
“He’s only a unique individual a particular player,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh reported a couple of years back. “And he is a Hall of Famer someday.”