Ravens and LB Roquan Smith agree to record-breaking 5-year, $100M extension


The Baltimore Ravens and linebacker Roquan Smith have agreed to a record-breaking five-year contract extension worth $100 million. which includes $45 million guaranteed and $60 million in total guarantees. The contract extension makes him the highest-paid inside linebacker in NFL history.

The Ravens acquired Smith from the Bears at the end of October in exchange for a second-round pick, a fifth-round pick, and linebacker A.J. Klein. Smith — a second-team All-Pro in each of the last two seasons — had made it clear that he did not plan to sign an extension with Chicago, cutting off contract negotiations with the club before the season began. Smith recorded 86 tackles, seven tackles for loss, an interception, 2.0 sacks, and three passes defensed in his nine games.

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