Longtime Ravens punter Sam Koch signs two-year extension

March 18, 2020 | Luke Jones

A man who played with the likes of Jonathan Ogden, Adalius Thomas, and Edwin Mulitalo has committed to two additional seasons with the Ravens.

Baltimore announced longtime punter Sam Koch signed a two-year extension on Wednesday, keeping him under contract through the 2022 season. The 37-year-old was entering the final year of his deal and scheduled to have a $3.25 million salary and salary cap figure, numbers likely to be reduced to clear some additional space for general manager Eric DeCosta.

A 2015 Pro Bowl selection, Koch is currently the Ravens’ longest-tenured player and coming off another solid season despite recording a career-low 40 punts, 20 fewer than he’d had in any other campaign of his 14-year career. The 2006 sixth-round pick ranked eighth in the NFL with a 46.4 yards per punt average and finished with 21 punts inside the 20-yard line last season.

Koch often saw more work as the team’s holder last season as the Ravens led the league in scoring and became the first team in NFL history to average over 200 rushing yards and 200 passing yards in a season. Immediately following the Week 8 bye, Koch punted a total of six times over a five-game period as the Ravens were in the midst of a franchise-record 12-game winning streak. He punted more than three times in a game only twice in 2019, quite a contrast from past seasons when he’d punt upwards of 80 times in a single year.

The Nebraska product has played in a franchise-record 224 consecutive games, never missing a contest in his career. Koch also ranks third for the most games played (224) in Ravens history, trailing only Terrell Suggs (229) and Ray Lewis (228).

In other roster news, veteran wide receiver Seth Roberts agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers, according to an NFL Network report. A capable blocker, the 29-year-old unrestricted free agent was targeted just 35 times in the regular season, but his crucial drop in the second quarter of the playoff loss to Tennessee will be his lasting image as a Raven.

Roberts was Baltimore’s first true unrestricted free agent to agree to terms with another team.