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Ravens Insider: Ravens, defensive tackle Michael Pierce reportedly agree to two-year extension


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Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce is staying in Baltimore a little longer.

Pierce and the Ravens have agreed on a two-year, $7.5 million extension, ESPN reported Saturday. The seven-year veteran was due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Pierce, 31, has started all 16 games this season for the Ravens, who have allowed the fewest points (16.4) and fourth-fewest yards (302.1) per game in the NFL this season.

He had signed a three-year, $16.5 million deal with Baltimore in 2022 but restructured it in March, making him a free agent later this year.

Pierce, who has spent all but one season in Baltimore, has 36 tackles, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, two passes defended and one sack this year. He’s third on the team in run-stop win rate (36.9%) and second among Ravens defensive linemen with 19 pass-rush wins.

He has also been reliable, playing in double-digit games for the first time since the 2019 season.

Extending Pierce helps shore up a defense that will have several free agents after this season. Baltimore has nearly two dozen players set to hit the open market, notably inside linebacker Patrick Queen and defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, who leads all NFL interior linemen with 13 sacks.

The Ravens (13-3), who clinched the AFC’s top seed, the first-round bye and home-field advantage through the conference championship game, host the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7) on Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale.

This story might be updated.

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