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Ravens’ Marlon Humphrey’s emotional message after signing 5-year extension

Marlon Humphrey, Ravens

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey signed a five-year extension Thursday afternoon, and got emotional when recounting the impact his father had in helping the 4th-year corner reach this moment.

“My dad’s kept me in line,” Marlon Humphrey said, speaking of his father.  “Since I was young, I told my dad I wanted to play in the NFL and he never really let me slip. He’s been my everything for me along with my mom.”

Realizing that dream by being drafted in the first-round by the Ravens in the 2017 NFL draft, Marlon Humphrey played at the University of Alabama, and though he was a highly touted prospect upon entering the draft, he did carry with him, concerns by evaluators over his ability to provide coverage against deep passes. Having allayed those fears by providing air-tight coverage against offenses looking to stretch the field, Humphrey has also accumulated 12 turnovers in just 49 games.

In signing a deal that is valued at over $98 millions dollars–with $40 million guaranteed–Marlon Humphrey will incur the highest cost per-year of any cornerback in the league, with the exception of the Los Angeles Rams’ Jalen Ramsey. While the move will significantly limit the cap-space of the Ravens moving forward–with the team carrying just over $7 million in space entering the year–the Baltimore franchise does have the luxury of having locked-up all their burgeoning young-talent, including reigning MVP Lamar Jackson, to long-term deals, and thus hope to avoid the necessity to dive deep into the free-agent pool.

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