Ravens reach one-year extension with wide receiver Willie Snead

October 28, 2019 | Luke Jones

The Ravens have agreed to a one-year extension with veteran wide receiver Willie Snead through the 2020 season.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is worth a guaranteed $6 million. With Baltimore entering Monday with only $1.807 million in salary cap space, the timing of the agreement leads one to assume general manager Eric DeCosta is creating some flexibility for a potential move by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline. Snead was carrying a $7.2 million cap number for this season that included a $3 million base salary and $2.2 million in potential incentives, but the structure of the extension and the actual space cleared remains to be seen.

Through the first seven games of the season, the 27-year-old Snead has registered just 15 receptions for 223 yards and two touchdowns while rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown and second-year tight end Mark Andrews have become Lamar Jackson’s primary targets in the passing game. Snead is regarded as a good blocker and has played more snaps than any other Baltimore wide receiver, but Pro Football Focus has graded the 5-foot-11, 200-pound slot man 84th among qualified wide receivers.

Snead caught 62 passes for 651 yards and a touchdown in his first season with Baltimore last year after spending his first three seasons with New Orleans where he caught 149 passes for 1,971 yards and seven touchdowns.