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Marshal Yanda's contract extension a win-win for Ravens, Pro Bowl guard

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda meets with reporters during mandatory minicamp.
Ravens guard Marshal Yanda meets with reporters during mandatory minicamp. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

The four-year, $37.4 million extension that Marshal Yanda signed late last week did not make him the highest-paid guard in the NFL, but the anchor of the Ravens' offense line will get $17.8 million in guaranteed money, including a $9 million signing bonus, and $17.41 million in cash over the first two years of the deal.

Yanda's deal is also worth an average of $8.95 million per year which is a higher annual value than what the top free agent guards – the Arizona Cardinals' Mike Iupati and the San Diego Chargers' Orlando Franklin – signed for this past offseason.

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Iupati's five-year, $40 million contract included $22.5 million guaranteed and an annual value of $8 million. Franklin's five-year, $36.5 million contract includes $20 million guaranteed and an annual value of $7.3 million. Over the first two years of their deal, Iupati and Franklin could make $16 and $16.5 million respectively, both slightly lower than Yanda.

Logan Mankins, formerly of the New England Patriots and now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, set the standard for guard deals with his six-year, $51 million pact that included $30 million guaranteed. However, that deal was signed in 2011. It seems that the Ravens based the Yanda talks more on the recent Iupati and Franklin contracts.

By the numbers:

For the rest of this season, Yanda has a base salary of $870,000, which is essentially the league minimum for a player of his experience. However, he was paid for the first five weeks under his previous $5.5 million rate. His new cap number this season is $6.98 million.

In 2016, Yanda has a base salary of $6.2 million, which is fully guaranteed. His cap number is $7.9 million.

In 2017, his base salary is $6 million ($2 million guaranteed for injury only) and his cap number is $7.8 million.

For both 2018 and 2019, Yanda has a $7 million base salary with a $8.8 million cap number in both of those years.

Yanda, who turned 31 last month, could be cut today, which obviously isn't going to happen, and he'd be guaranteed $15.8 million.

As for the Ravens, they were able to lock up a four-time Pro Bowl selection and prevent him from hitting the open market. Yanda was due to become a free agent following the season.

In doing so, the Ravens also saved about $1.46 million toward their salary cap this year, because Yanda's old deal carried an $8.45 million cap number. His new one is $6.98 million.

Sounds like a win-win for both sides.

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