By CBS Baltimore Staff

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Ravens and offensive lineman Patrick Mekari have inked a three-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2024 season, the franchise said Thursday.

The $15.35 million contract extension includes $7 million in guaranteed money, and it will pay Mekari roughly $5.1 million a year, according to the contract-tracking site Spotrac. Mekari, 24, is currently earning a base salary of $850,000.

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Ravens executive vice president and general manager Eric DeCosta expressed excitement about the signing, saying that locking up Mekari for three more years was an “easy decision.”

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“He’s tough and gritty, smart, versatile and a five-position player who does everything the right way,” DeCosta said. “Congratulations to Pat and his family, and thank you for playing like a Raven.”

Mekari, who signed with Baltimore as a rookie free agent in 2019, has seen action in 36 games for the Ravens, including starting 10 games at right tackle this season.

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DeCosta wasn’t the only one thrilled about the news. As ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reports, Mekari was greeted at practice Thursday with a round of applause from his fellow linemen.

CBS Baltimore Staff