After saving money on Monday, Ravens open up the checkbook to bring back Marshal Yanda

July 26, 2011 | Peter Dilutis

A day after cutting four long-time veterans on Monday, the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with Marshal Yanda.

Yanda, a four year veteran out of Iowa, has been a mainstay on the offensive line, starting numerous games at both guard and tackle.

According to National Football Post, Yanda’s new deal is for 5 years, $32 million

John Harbaugh is excited to have Yanda signed long-term.

“He told us he wanted to be a Raven and he understood the business part that he had to go through,” Harbaugh said. “I’m beaming.”

Offensive line coach Andy Moeller also welcomed the news.

“It fires me up,” Moeller said. “He’s one of our guys. He’s a true Raven. It gives me a sense of relief.”

Fans that were upset at the Ravens cutting the likes of Derrick Mason and Todd Heap should feel a bit better about Monday’s events. Without those cuts, the Ravens may not have been able to afford signing Yanda to this new deal. With Yanda now in the fold, the Ravens still have some money available to go out and target more outside free agents.

Personally, while I will never underestimate the creativity of Ozzie Newsome and the rest of the Ravens front office, the signing of Yanda puts a damper on the hopes that some fans had regarding the team possibly making a run at Nnamdi Asomugha.

However, having a quality, consistent offensive line is a top priority in today’s NFL, and by locking Marshal Yanda up long-term, the Ravens took a step forward Tuesday towards their goal of reaching the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

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