• Ronnie Stanley is the highest paid offensive lineman ever
  • He signed a new deal worth $99 million for five years
  • Stanley suffered a season-ending injury against the Steelers

Ronnie Stanley’s salary in his first five seasons totaled $33 million. He just recently signed a more lucrative deal, making him the highest paid offensive lineman in the history of the NFL.

Stanley played all his career in the Baltimore Ravens. He started in 2016 with a $450,000 salary, but it was improved by the $13 million signing bonus. In five years, the offensive lineman earned $33 million, as per Spotrac. In 2020, he is set to receive $12.8 million, the last year of his rookie contract, which means the Ravens are about to pay him or risk losing him elsewhere.

Fortunately, Baltimore did give him his due and made him the highest paid ever in his position. The Left Tackle secured a 5-year, $98.7 million new deal to stay with the Ravens, ESPN reported. When compared to Houston’s Laremy Tunsil’s new deal, a 3-year, $66 million contract, according to Sports Illustrated, Stanley’s deal seems smaller. However, other details make it bigger in the long run. The former 6th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has better terms when it comes to signing bonus and total guarantees.

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Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens is tackled as he carries the ball by cornerback Mike Hilton #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Signing him up on a long-term deal is a no-brainer given his on-field production. He is a big part of the plans of John Harbaugh moving forward and his partnership with MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson is setting record numbers. According to Yahoo! Sports, the 26-year-old had a breakout season last year, after making the Pro Bowl and being named an All-Pro.

Stanley suffered an ankle injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers and it looks like he’s done for the season. The Ravens have enough to cover his absence but his production will likely be missed. This season, he is averaging almost 97 percent pass block win rate and 78 percent run block. Both are in the top ten categories in his position. In his absence, Orlando Brown Jr. is expected to step up in the Left Tackle position for the rest of the season.

Baltimore’s young core is promising and everyone is due to a bigger paycheck. By signing cornerback Marlon Humphrey, Jackson and Stanley to huge contracts, the team will have to decide their next priority in the coming years. With Stanley recuperating, the Ravens’ campaign this year will be harder. The team has a 5-2 win-loss card so far, behind the Steelers’ 7-0 in the AFC North Standings. Fans are hoping he could replicate his production when he’s able to play sometime in 2021.