The Baltimore Ravens will be without their best offensive lineman this spring.
Marshal Yanda, a six-time Pro Bowl guard, will be held out of organized training activities and minicamp in May and June after he underwent surgery on his left shoulder.
“He’ll be ready for training camp — 100 percent,” coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.
Harbaugh said Yanda is “looking good” and saw him recently lifting in the weight room. Yanda hurt his shoulder six games into last season, and he suggested moving from right to left guard because he felt he could play more effectively there with the injury.
Despite the position switch, Yanda was named the best offensive lineman in the NFL by Pro Football Focus. He didn’t allow a sack or quarterback hit in 2016 despite playing with one healthy arm for most of the season.
Yanda declined to play in the Pro Bowl because of the shoulder injury. He should be ready to return by the end of July.
The Ravens’ offensive line will have a much different look this spring. Baltimore parted ways with two starting lineman this offseason when center Jeremy Zuttah was traded to the San Francisco 49ers and right tackle Rick Wagner signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency.
“We just got to work our offensive line out and put the best five out there,” Harbaugh said.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens officially picked up linebacker C.J. Mosley’s fifth-year option on Friday.
The Ravens had until May 3 to exercise the option, which assures the team of having Mosley in the middle of its defense for the next two seasons. Ravens coach John Harbaugh recently called the decision a “formality.”
“I expect C.J. Mosley to be a Raven for many, many, many years,” Harbaugh said last month.
Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley is one of just three defensive players in the NFL to record at least 300 tackles, five sacks and five interceptions since 2014. Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images
Mosley has lived up to expectations after being drafted No. 17 overall in 2014, making the Pro Bowl twice (2014, 2016) in his first three seasons. Plus, the fifth-year option — projected to be north of $8 million — is a reasonable price for a top inside linebacker when you consider seven made at least that much in base salary in 2016.
The Ravens likely see this fifth-year option as the first step toward getting a long-term extension done with Mosley. This is what happened with cornerback Jimmy Smith, who saw his fifth-year option picked up in 2014 and then reached a long-term deal with Baltimore the next year.
Since 2014, Mosley is one of just three defensive players in the NFL to record at least 300 tackles, five sacks and five interceptions. Luke Kuechly, Jamie Collins and Thomas Davis are the others.
Since the fifth-year option began for first-round selections in the 2011 draft, the Ravens picked up the one for Smith in 2014 and declined it for safety Matt Elam in 2016. Baltimore didn’t have a first-round pick in 2012, so the Ravens didn’t have a decision on a fifth-year option in 2015.
In his way-too-early 2018 mock draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Baltimore Ravens taking Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway, a selection that will be applauded by some and debated by others.
There’s no questioning that the Ravens will need another target for quarterback Joe Flacco next season. Baltimore didn’t draft a wide receiver in the 2017 draft, and wide receiver Mike Wallace will be a free agent at the end of this season.
The issue here is whether the Ravens would use a first-round pick on Callaway, who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball but has some character concerns. He was accused of sexual assault in December 2015 (he was eventually cleared of the charges) and acknowledged using drugs. The Ravens traditionally stay away from players with red flags when it deals with first-round picks.
Callaway is Florida’s No. 1 receiver, catching 89 passes for 1,399 yards receiving (an average of 15.7 yards per reception) in two seasons. With his combination of speed and elusiveness, he has been compared to Percy Harvin. Callaway has scored seven touchdowns as a receiver and three as a returner in two seasons with the Gators.
Here’s a look at McShay’s previous picks for the Ravens in his way-too-early mock drafts:
2015: Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State
2016: Carl Lawson, LB, Auburn
2017: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford