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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Ravens’ Andrews Is All For RBs Getting Paid

  • Baltimore Ravens' tight end Mark Andrews believes running backs are worth big contracts, despite the recent trend.
  • He's thrilled to have his quarterback Lamar Jackson on a record-setting five-year, $260 million deal.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) reacts after making a catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium.
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There’s an ongoing discussion in NFL circles on the value of running backs, and tight end Mark Andrews is standing up for his offensive brethren.

“Those guys put a lot on the line,” Andrews said on Front Office Sports Today. “I’m all for those guys getting their bags.”

Some of those funds have been reallocated to tight ends, and Andrews, who is on a four-year, $56 million contract, has established himself at the top of his position — despite living with type-1 diabetes. He uses a technology provided by Dexcom to monitor key biometrics, ensuring he is within safe levels.

Andrews is very pleased to see his star quarterback Lamar Jackson cash in with a five-year, $260-million contract, which made him the highest paid player in NFL history.

“I think it’s so incredible, him doing it himself and sticking to his guns — there’s not a more deserving person in the world than Lamar. He’s the most incredible player I’ve ever played with,” he said.

Not a Flex Fan

Andrews is wary of how players will react to the new possibility of flex scheduling for “Thursday Night Football.” Starting with the coming season, Amazon can move marquee matchups into its exclusive “TNF” broadcasts for Weeks 13-17 with four weeks’ notice.

“When you’re playing football, it’s a war, and you need a couple of extra days to recover,” said Andrews. “I don’t think that will sit too well with a lot of the players. Personally, I’d rather do something different.”

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