Sam Koch Signs Two-Year Contract Extension

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One of the NFL's best punters for more than a decade, Sam Koch has spent his entire career with the Ravens and has no desire to play elsewhere.

Koch and the Ravens agreed to a two-year contract extension Wednesday, which will keep him under contract through 2022.

Joining the team as a sixth-round pick in 2006, Koch was scheduled to become a free agent following the 2020 season, but his 14-year relationship with the Ravens will continue going strong.

"I would love to be able to stay with this organization my entire career," Koch said. "You hear stories of guys going to other places and really wishing they hadn't left. I take those stories to heart. When you're here, you realize how good this organization is, how well it's run. There's a reason we're always in contention. I want to be a Raven for life." 

Koch is known not only for his consistency and strong leg, but for his ability to kick punts with a variety of trajectories and spins. He is masterful at pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line, and kicking punts that are difficult to field.

"We practice different kinds of punts, seeing what they can do and how consistent they can be," Koch said. "That's stuff we mess with at practice. This offseason, there's things I can always improve on. I'm still learning. I'm trying to be more consistent in every aspect. We had a bunch of rain games last year that sometimes don't allow for a lot of hang time. It's more about positioning, direction and angles."

He holds franchise records for most career punt yards (38,989), the longest punt (74 yards) and the highest career punting average (45.2 yards).

There have been many highlights for Koch during his career, including winning a Super Bowl in the 2012 season and making the Pro Bowl in 2015.

He is an integral part of "The Wolfpack", Baltimore's elite special teams threesome that also includes kicker Justin Tucker and long snapper Morgan Cox. All three have made the Pro Bowl during their careers, and Koch serves as the holder for Tucker.

Koch is also one of the team's best athletes with a strong and accurate throwing arm. He has been quite good at completing passes on fake punts, a perfect 6-for-6 on passing attempts during his career.

Koch is 37 years old but shows no sign of slowing down, averaging 39.8 yards per kicks last season. He punted a career-low 40 times last season, as the Ravens' potent offense kept him off the field more than usual. However, whenever the Ravens need him, Koch will remain ready to deliver.

"All of us specialists staying together this long, me, Morgan and Justin, doesn't really happen that often," Koch said. "It's something we don't take for granted."

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