Ravens, Yanda Agree to Long-Term Deal

Well, it appears that the first phase, at least, of the Ravens’ salary cap purge has paid off.

The team announced via their website that they have agreed to terms with tackle/guard Marshal Yanda. As Goob pointed out, Yanda should have been (and apparently was) the team’s #1 priority moving forward. Head Coach John Harbaugh sounds pretty elated:

“We got Marshall Yanda! That’s great news,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said.

“He told us he wanted to be a Raven and he understood the business part that he had to go through. I’m beaming, you see Ozzie smile and is there anyone more excited than [Offensive Line Coach] Andy Moeller right now? We’re a better team than we were one hour ago.”

While I’m sure it won’t completely appease all the of fans still bellyaching over the loss of Derrick Mason and Todd Heap, Harbaugh is absolutely right – with Yanda, they are a better football team.

I was really getting worried there that Yanda would go the way of Casey Rabach and get poached by the Washingotn Redskins. Eat it, Snyder.

Under the new CBA, Yanda is now allowed to sign until 6 PM on Friday.

Update: The terms of the agreement are being reported as 5 years, $32 million.

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