Matt Skura Signs One-Year Tender


With his contract status resolved, Matt Skura will continue focusing on returning healthy next season.

Skura has signed his one-year restricted free agent tender. The Ravens offered Skura a tender reportedly worth $2.1 million last month, allowing them to match any offer sheet he could have signed with another team.

Had Skura signed an offer that the Ravens declined to match, he would have left Baltimore without draft pick compensation.

Skura was having his best season as the Ravens' starting center in 2019 before tearing his ACL, MCL and PCL during a Week 12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. The serious knee injury ended Skura's season, but he has been rehabbing vigorously and hopes to make a healthy return in 2020. After the season ended, Skura said he hoped to be back on the field for training camp.

Undrafted rookie Patrick Mekari took over as the starter after Skura's injury, and Mekari is expected to compete to remain the starter. The Ravens may draft at least one interior offensive lineman in the draft later this month, but they have two centers on the roster.

Skura has started 39 games in three seasons with Baltimore, after joining the team as an undrafted free agent from Duke in 2016. After being signed to the practice squad as a rookie, Skura started 12 games at right guard in 2017 after Marshal Yanda suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Skura became the starting center in 2018 after Ryan Jensen signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during free agency.

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