Ravens sign O-line­man Hurst to four-year deal

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - Sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

OWINGS MILS — The Bal­ti­more Ravens signed of­fen­sive line­man James Hurst to a new four-year con­tract Mon­day, the or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced.

NFL Net­work’s Ian Rapoport re­ports the con­tract is worth $17.5 mil­lion, and in­cludes $8 mil­lion guar­an­teed.

Hurst has proven durable and ver­sa­tile in his four years since sign­ing with the Ravens as an un­drafted rookie free agent in 2014, ap­pear­ing in all 64 games since and start­ing in 32. He started at left guard this past sea­son, but moved to left tackle in place of Ron­nie Stan­ley, who missed a Nov. 19 game against the Green Bay Pack­ers with a con­cus­sion. He made one start at right tackle the pre­vi­ous sea­son.

As a full-time starter in 2017, he helped Bal­ti­more’s of­fen­sive line to al­low the sev­enth fewest sacks (27) in the NFL de­spite nu­mer­ous in­juries across the unit. The Ravens also av­er­aged the sec­ond most points in the league over the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

“This is good news for our foot­ball team,” head coach John Har­baugh said in a state­ment. “James is a re­li­able, tough and ver­sa­tile player who has played a lot of foot­ball for us. He has started at both tackle and guard, and all he has been is pro­duc­tive and some­one who has made us bet­ter.”

The Ravens an­nounced the deal shortly af­ter noon Mon­day, the be­gin­ning of the NFL’s le­gal tam­per­ing pe­riod when teams can con­tact soon-to-be free agents. The size of the con­tract sug­gests Hurst, who had been mostly a depend­able and ver­sa­tile backup prior to 2017, will be a start­ing line­man for Bal­ti­more for sea­sons to come.

Bal­ti­more re­leased vet­eran de­fen­sive back Lar­dar­ius Webb Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to an ESPN re­port.

Webb ap­peared to con­firm the news, post­ing “Thank you Bal­ti­more it’s been a great run” on his Twit­ter ac­count Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Mov­ing on from Webb, 32, saves the Ravens nearly $2 mil­lion in cap space. It marks the sec­ond-con­sec­u­tive off­sea­son that Bal­ti­more has cut Webb.

The Ravens re­leased Webb on March 10 of last sea­son and re-signed him to a smaller con­tract ex­actly one month later. The nineyear NFL vet­eran has spent his en­tire ca­reer with the fran­chise since be­ing drafted in the third round back in 2009.

Webb tran­si­tioned from cor­ner­back to safety in 2016. In 2017, he in­ter­cepted a pass in both of Bal­ti­more’s first two games of the sea­son, but saw his role on the de­fense re­duced sig­nif­i­cantly as the sea­son pro­gressed. Webb fin­ished the year with two in­ter­cep­tions and a forced fum­ble for a unit that led the NFL in in­ter­cep­tions and to­tal take­aways. He added 37 tack­les and two sacks on the sea­son.

Webb has 15 ca­reer in­ter­cep­tions and 473 tack­les over nine years in Bal­ti­more.

The long-time Raven is a fan fa­vorite for both his per­for­mance on the field and his in­volve­ment in the com­mu­nity. He founded the Lar­dar­ius Webb Foun­da­tion, which pro­vided aid to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren and their fam­i­lies in the area.

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The Bal­ti­more Ravens re- signed of­fen­sive line­man James Hurst, right, to a four- year deal on Mon­day.

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