The Baltimore Ravens have an excellent history of signing players to smart contracts with edge-rusher Tyus Bowser boasting one of the best value deals in 2022.
It’s difficult to find any questionable or inflated contract on the Ravens’ roster as the front office generally has made sound decisions when it comes to extending or signing new players.
Lamar Jackson’s contract dilemma still looms over Ravens camp and may not get resolved until next offseason, but for the most part, the Ravens are in a financially stable place with a healthy cap for the foreseeable future.
One of the team’s best decisions was signing outside linebacker Tyus Bowser to a four-year, $22 million dollar deal that could pay huge dividends in the next couple of years.
Pro Football Focus’ Brad Spielberger listed every AFC team’s best contract and picked Bowser for the Ravens:
"“Tyus Bowser is a Swiss Army knife for the Ravens’ defense, having played more than 200 snaps in run defense, as a pass rusher and in coverage in 2021. Bowser set career highs with 40 quarterback pressures and seven sacks last season, earning his third-straight season grade of 70.0-plus with a big bump in snaps played.As he rounds out his game — an extremely versatile game, at that — he could continue to build on a strong foundation and provide great value to Baltimore for the next few years.”"
The Baltimore Ravens got an excellent bargain for edge-rusher Tyus Bowser
Bowser started all 17 games last year and recorded 59 tackles, 15 quarterback hits, four passes defended, and a career-high seven sacks.
With the tragic death of Jaylon Ferguson and with veteran Justin Houston left un-signed, Bowser makes out to be one of the more experienced outside linebackers in the unit and will have an important role to play in 2022.
2021 rookies Odafe Oweh and Daelin Hayes may need more time to develop, and 2022 second-rounder David Ojabo definitely won’t be ready for the start of the season.
Bowser will carry a heavy weight on his shoulders as he leads the pass-rushing corps this year, and keeping him on a $22 million dollar contract certainly seems to work in Baltimore’s favor.
Many other Ravens deserve their top-dollar contracts (Mark Andrews, Marlon Humphrey, Ronnie Stanley), but Bowser’s deal just might give the Ravens the best bang for the buck.