Two and a half years after his tenure with the Ravens ended, Michael Oher continues to cement his unlikely football career.
Thursday, the Carolina Panthers announced they signed Oher to a three-year extension through 2019. According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the deal pays Oher $21.6 million, including $9.5 million guaranteed.
Oher started every game with the Ravens over five years with the organization, but his storybook tale first became famous in "The Blind Side," a novel by Michael Lewis that became a hit movie. The story documented Oher's troubled upbringing in Memphis, Tenn., after which the Ravens drafted him in the first round in 2009 out of Mississippi.
In five seasons with the organization, Oher had up-and-down moments but was on the Ravens' Super Bowl team in his fourth year. After his five-year, $13.499 million rookie contract expired, the Ravens let him become a free agent, having traded for left tackle Eugene Monroe. Oher signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, and Rick Wagner took over for him at right tackle for the Ravens, where he remains today.
The Titans cut Oher after a rough 2014 season, in which Oher struggled at right tackle, injured his toe and played just 11 games. But he bounced back last season in Carolina. At left tackle for the first time since 2012, he started every game, including Super Bowl 50, which the Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos, 24-10.
The left tackle was already under contract through the coming season but hinted in the offseason to ESPN.com that he wanted to remain in Charlotte long-term: "Love the organization. It's such a great organization. You wish you could be a part of this type stuff your whole career."