The Baltimore Ravens have brought back one of the key figures in their backfield after signing RB Gus Edwards to a two-year, $10 million deal on Monday, per Ian Rapoport:
The #Ravens and RFA RB Gus Edwards have reached a 2-year extension worth $10M, per agent @DrewJRosenhaus.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 7, 2021
Edwards was one of Lamar Jackson’s primary options at running back for the Ravens in 2020. He appeared in 16 games while making six starts and racked up 723 yards on 144 carries. Edwards also posted six touchdowns. He usually split time with J.K. Dobbins, who also had some respectable numbers.
While the Ravens have a true dual-threat QB in Jackson, who rushed for over 1,000 yards on his own last season, it’s always good to retain one of your free agents. 2020 was also the best campaign of Edwards’ career yet, which could make one think better days could be ahead for him.
Baltimore ranked 1st in the NFL in rushing yards last season, much in part to Jackson. But with Edwards and Dobbins also collecting over 700 each, the Ravens truly have a solid backfield.
While the fourth-year pro will likely serve as the second-stringer behind Dobbins, he is still a valuable player who can put up numbers and get his team some yards. This is a good signing for the Ravens which will certainly make Jackson happy.