Kevin Zeitler is not one to talk, and he only brought up his contract discussions because the Baltimore Ravens media was asking. Still, he said that he would like to finish his career with the Ravens but also that he thinks he has a few years left.
Should Baltimore Ravens workout a deal with Kevin Zeitler
The initial vibe from the Baltimore Ravens is that next year may be his best time if he would like to retire with the Ravens. Zeitler is due a contract at the end of this season, and at his age, and price tag, it is hard to see the Ravens stepping to the plate and paying up.
First, the team has the Lamar Jackson salary staring them right in the face. They can manuever the salary cap, but at some point the bill will come due, and they may want to save some money along the margins.
Beyond that, this is one of the big reasons the team traded a future pick to take Andrew Vorhees. Vorhees tore his ACL and will miss his rookie season, but most analysts saw him as a starter. The Ravens could be on the perfect timeline to let him sit for a year behind Zeitler. Then he comes in with his seventh-round also looked into sixth-round pick Sala Amuave-Laulu at guard this offseason rookie contract salary, which is much cheaper than anything Zeitler would expect. Even if Vorhees is not ready, the Baltimore Ravens have looked into sixth-round pick Sala Amuave-Laulu at guard this offseason as well. Between the two day-three choices entering year two, they probably see one of them stepping up.
You would assume that Zeitler is better, but the age is going to start to catch up with him. After that season, you see plenty of good guards at his age start to struggle. That is why it is improbable to see Zeitler get an extension offer before the season.
Even if he plays well, it is hard to see the Ravens giving him a deal because that may mean that another team would pay for one season of his services, and it could be a price that Baltimore will have no interest or ability to pay.