Baltimore Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley could become the highest-paid non-NFL quarterback in the NFL.
Stanley quickly has become one of the best left tackles in the NFL in just one season. There aren’t many elite left tackles left in the NFL, which means he could be in line for a hefty payday, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN:
Given that he’s a first-team All-Pro, Stanley is expected to surpass Houston’s Laremy Tunsil, who escalated the value for left tackles in April by signing a three-year contract that averages $22 million per season.
Coming off one of the best seasons by a left tackle in recent memory, Stanley could move past Chicago pass-rusher Khalil Mack ($23.5 million per season) and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald ($22.5 million) to become the richest non-QB in the league.
Stanley was in charge of protecting Lamar Jackson, one of the most important jobs in the NFL. Stanley only allowed six pressures the entire season, the fewest by an offensive tackle in 14 years.
Stanley is scheduled to make under $13 million this season on his fifth-year option. Next season, the Ravens could place the franchise tag on him for another $15 million, but there is always the fear there could be a holdout if that happens.
The Ravens are going to have to decide how much money they are going to be willing to give Stanley. At some point, Jackson is also going to need to be paid and that will take up a lot of the cap space.
One thing is for sure with Stanley though, and that’s as long as he stays healthy, he is going to make a boatload of money.