Ravens Pick up Fifth-Year Option on Ronnie Stanley

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The Ravens have exercised the fifth-year option on left tackle Ronnie Stanley.

Exercising the fifth-year option keeps Stanley under contract through 2020, extending him beyond his four-year rookie deal, which was set to expire in 2019. The fifth-year option will pay Stanley around $13 million in 2020, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

Stanley, who was the sixth overall pick in 2016, has been a starter since his rookie season. Despite dealing with a lingering ankle injury suffered in Week 8, Stanley is coming off his best season in 2018 when he was a Pro Bowl alternate. Pro Football Focus graded Stanley 16th among all NFL offensive tackles.

Still only 25 years old, Stanley has continued to improve each season, and General Manager Eric DeCosta indicated at the Combine that exercising Stanley’s fifth-year option was likely.

“I think he’s playing extremely well and I loved the way he finished the season,” DeCosta said. “We’re excited about him moving forward. He’s a great young man, he’s motivated, he’s a good player at a really, really important position.”

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