Ravens can’t afford to lose Mark Andrews next offseason

Ravens, Mark Andrews (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Ravens, Mark Andrews (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

As the Baltimore Ravens enter year four of Lamar Jackson’s NFL career, it’s important to surround him with a wide array of weapons. Tight end Mark Andrews has been one of Jackson’s best weapons since he entered the NFL and the team can’t afford for Andrews to end up elsewhere next offseason.

Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report agrees that Andrews is crucial to the Ravens’ success and wrote that he’s the player the Ravens can least afford to lose next year. Here’s more of what Gagnon had to say:

"“The reliable 25-year-old Oklahoma product is entering the final year of his rookie deal in Baltimore, and the Ravens don’t have any other tight ends of that caliber on the roster. They should make sure he’s part of the core well beyond 2021.”"

Andrews broke onto the scene as a rookie in 2018, catching 34 receptions for 552 yards and three touchdowns. In year two, he put up the best numbers of his career, totaling 64 receptions for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns.

This past year didn’t match those numbers, but Andrews still impressed with 58 receptions for 701 yards and seven trips into the end zone.

The Ravens need to make sure Mark Andrews stays in Baltimore.

As Ebony Bird’s own Justin Fried discussed, Andrews is rumored to stay with the team that drafted him three years ago. This would be a huge move for Baltimore and would continue to keep their best tight end and Jackson’s favorite weapon in a Ravens uniform.

Keeping Andrews won’t break the bank and Fried mentions that in his article.

"“Andrews might not surpass George Kittle and his $15 million per year figure, but the assumption is that he’ll be looking for at least $13 million per season.”"

If this is what Andrews earns, Ravens fans would be more than happy with those numbers. Finding a solid tight end isn’t easy and the Ravens have that in Andrews. He’s been one of the best tight ends in the league and has a connection formed with Jackson.

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Losing Andrews would not only take away one of Jackson’s favorite weapons, but it’d force the Ravens to go back to the tight end well and find another player there.

It’d be very difficult to find someone who can match what Andrews does.