Ravens’ Cornerback Tavon Young Restructures His Contract, Takes $2.85 Million Pay Cut

Tavon Young with Ravens in 2018. Photo by Jason Pohuski/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Baltimore Ravens got some badly needed salary cap relief, courtesy of cornerback Tavon Young.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Young agreed to restructure his contract and will take a $2.85 million pay cut in 2021. The reworked deal also turns $2.51 million of the 26-year-old player’s salary for 2020 into a signing bonus.

The move works for both sides given the circumstances.

For Ravens, the deal gives them more breathing room as they previously only had $1.5 million in cap space to work with. Young, on the other hand, got some insurance that he’ll remain in Baltimore next season, considering his 2021 salary was non-guaranteed.

Tavon Young had an eye-catching campaign in 2018 when he scored two defensive touchdowns while also contributing with one interception, 2.0 sacks, five passes defended, and 37 tackles. This prompted the Ravens to give him a $25.8 million, three-year extension that made him the highest-paid nickel corner in the NFL.

But Young wasn’t able to replicate his success moving forward as injuries kept him sidelined for the better part of the past two years. He first missed the entire 2019 NFL season due to a neck injury suffered in practice, and he’ll also sit out the better part of 2020 after tearing his ACL in Week 2 against Houston Texans.