The Ravens have agreed to a four-year contract extension with outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, according to media reports, moving quickly to rebuild their defensive depth after the loss of their top two edge rushers this offseason.
The deal is worth $22 million, with another $5 million available in incentives, and $12 million guaranteed, according to SiriusXM’s Adam Caplan.
Bowser, 25, a former second-round draft pick, had just two sacks last season and has 10 ½ total over four years in Baltimore. But he was one of the NFL’s top coverage linebackers last season, with three interceptions and five passes defended. According to Pro-Football-Reference, he gave up 10 completions on 15 targets for just 87 yards, allowing a 42.2 passer rating in coverage.
With Bowser’s deal done, all five Ravens edge rushers set to reach free agency this offseason are off the market. Pro Bowl outside linebacker Matthew Judon (New England Patriots) and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (Las Vegas Raiders), two of the top players available at the position, agreed to big-money deals Monday. On Tuesday, defensive Jihad Ward reached a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, while outside linebacker Pernell McPhee signed a one-year extension Tuesday.
The Ravens will also bring back outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, who has 4½ sacks over two years, and can fill out the position in free agency and through the draft. Together, Bowser, Ferguson and McPhee have combined for just 17½ sacks over the past two years.