Tight Ends: Mark Andrews, Zach Ertz, Nick Boyle
Mark Andrews is staring down a massive contract in the next year, one that could conceivably lead to a bit of a stand-off between him and the organization. That isn’t to insinuate it’s unlikely they get a deal done, and Andrews is certainly deserving of a large contract, but as we’ve seen in this free agency period and every one prior the Ravens do not overpay for players. Should the Ravens ultimately lose Andrews after this season, having an established Pro Bowler in Zach Ertz to step in would be a gift from above. Regardless of how the contract discussions go though, Andrews will still be a Raven in 2021, and having him and Ertz together would again give the Ravens the best tight end group in football.
Tony Lombardi of Russell Street Report recently noted via the publication’s Youtube channel that “The feeling amongst the Ravens brain trust is that Ertz would be a terrific complement to Mark Andrews, and could be a less expensive successor to Andrews should extension talks remain unproductive.” This makes a lot of sense, and if all it takes to acquire Ertz’s services is a late-round pick after one down year (marred by a high ankle sprain), the Ravens should be all over it.
Nick Boyle will remain the blocking presence of the group. Coming off a season-ending injury last season vs New England, he’ll be chomping at the bit to return to the field and help the offensive line push bodies forward for Lamar and company.