3 reasons Baltimore Ravens extending Broderick Washington was an easy decisions

The Baltimore Ravens made the right decision by paying an ascending player like Broderick Washington
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The Baltimore Ravens signed Broderick Washington to a three-year extension worth $17.5M and $10M in guaranteed salary. The deal came in a little more than the market could have expected, but that can happen with a rising salary cap. Overall, this is something that the Ravens had to do, and it is hard to say that they made a bad decision. Here is why.

3. Broderick Washington has improved with the Baltimore Ravens every year

Broderick Washington is a former fifth-round pick from Texas Tech. So, he has slowly been climbing his way up the depth chart, and now the Ravens think that a breakout is about to happen. Based on his first three seasons, that may not be a surprise.

Washington has progressed every season. This starts with the snap counts, as he went from 161 to 293 and then 482 last season. Of course, his counting stats went up as he went from 2 to 9 and then 17 pressures. Also, his run stops went from one to eight and then 25.

It is easy to see your counting stats go up when your total snaps are up, but what is more impressive is that Washington has improved in his per-snap rates across the board as well. He started with a 1.2 pass-rush productivity rating, which jumped to 3.1 and was 3.6 last season, per PFF. His productivity has only improved on more snaps.

Same thing with his win rate, which jumped from 2.3 to 3.7 and now is 5.2. His run defense jumped every year as well. His run-stop rate was 1.4%, then 5.9%, and last season it shot all the way up to 10.9%.

Every year, he plays more snaps, and every year, he takes advantage of it. The Ravens are going to ask him to play more snaps this year without Calais Campbell, so they must want to get this deal done before his stats improve again and people around the league start to notice.