The Ravens have placed a tender on restricted-free-agent running back Gus Edwards, the team announced Wednesday.
The level of Edwards’ tender was not disclosed, but it’s expected to be a second-round tender, which would be worth $3.4 million in 2021. The one-year offer would allow the Ravens to match any offer sheet Edwards signs with another team. If they choose not to, the Ravens would receive a second-round draft pick as compensation.
General manager Eric DeCosta had pledged Tuesday to retain Edwards, one of the NFL’s most efficient running backs. He’s one of only two players in league history to start their career with three straight seasons of 700-plus rushing yards and at least 5 yards per carry, along with Cleveland Browns All-Pro running back Nick Chubb.
“Gus is going to be on the team, one way or the other,” DeCosta said. “We’re going to certainly tender him if we don’t get a long-term deal done, but he is a Raven. He played his butt off this year, and he had a good season for us.”
Edwards is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2022, when the salary cap is expected to increase dramatically from the $182.5 million mark it fell to this year.
The Ravens also placed tenders on exclusive-rights free agents Trystan Colon-Castillo and inside linebacker Kristian Welch. Colon-Castillo started two games at center last season and held his own, while Welch, a fellow undrafted rookie, appeared in 10 games and contributed at inside linebacker and on special teams.
Inside linebacker and special teams standout Chris Board did not receive a tender — the cheapest the Ravens could offer is worth $2.1 million — meaning he’s set to reach free agency next week. Board played in 16 games last season, starting two, and had 31 tackles (two for loss), 2 ½ sacks and a forced fumble. He also finished behind only defensive back Jordan Richards in special teams snaps (331).