The Ravens have re-signed long snapper Morgan Cox to a 5-year contract.
Cox went his first Pro Bowl in 2015, etching his name as one of the best in the NFL at his craft.
“It continues to be a blessing to play for the best organization in the NFL, and I’m looking forward to spending the next five years in Baltimore surrounded by the greatest teammates, coaching staff and fans in football," Cox said.
“The Lord has blessed me beyond measure during the last six years, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.”
The signing of Cox means he and punter Sam Koch, who have developed a fantastic chemistry and helped innovate in the world of punting, are joined at the hip through the 2020 season.
Now the Ravens just have to lock up kicker Justin Tucker to a long-term deal to keep The Wolfpack together for the future. Tucker is at least guaranteed to be with the Ravens through 2016 under the franchise tag.
While the long snapper position often* *gets overlooked, Cox has mastered the position since first joining the Ravens as an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee in 2010.
Despite recovering from two ACL tears during his six seasons, Cox continually puts the snap in the perfect spot for Koch to catch on both punts and field goals. He has avoided any dreaded wild snaps.
The Ravens had the best special teams unit in the NFL last season and have consistently been at or near the top for years.
"Just a very important signing because it all starts with the snapper when you’re talking about the kicker and the holder and the punter," Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "Morgan has been one of the best, if not the best, in the business for a few years now."
Cox was named the Ravens' Ed Block Courage Award recepient in 2012 after coming back from his first ACL tear. He missed nine games in 2014 after tearing the ACL in his other knee, which resulted in the Ravens giving him just a one-year contract last offseason.
Now Cox has earned a much longer stay in Baltimore.
“What Morgan accomplished, after coming off of a season-ending injury in 2014, was remarkable," Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg said.
"People who study the game know how good Morgan is, and he was certainly deserving of a Pro Bowl honor last year. His consistency is what makes him a great player, and his role in working with both Sam and Justin is instrumental to the reliability of that trio."