Baltimore Ravens decided to award cornerback Tavon Young for his exceptional 2018 season with a new contract. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Young signed a three-year extension with the Ravens which will see him earn $27 million. This deal makes the 24-year-old the highest-paid nickelback in the NFL at the moment.
Ravens confirmed the deal on the press conference held on Friday.
“This is a big contract. This is a big number,” – said Baltimore’s coach John Harbaugh. “This is a record-setting number. It’s not something that you enter into lightly at all. You enter into it with a lot of thought, and we’ve done a great job. The math works because of who the player is.”
“I’ve been here 23 years, and the fastest way to lose a game is to play poorly in the secondary,” – added general manager Eric DeCosta. “We’ve been blessed to have a lot of good corners play here over the years and this is a guy who compares to all of them.”
Tavon Young entered the league in 2016 when Baltimore Ravens selected him in the fourth round of the draft. After an impressive rookie season, in which he had 53 tackles and two interceptions, he tore his ACL during OTAs and was forced to miss the entire 2017 season.
Young returned in 2018 as the third cornerback on the depth chart but quickly showed that the injury didn’t affect his game all that much. He finished the year with 37 tackles, 2.0 sacks, and one interception while adding two defensive touchdowns off of fumble recoveries.