According to the Baltimore Ravens’ official Twitter account, the Ravens reached an agreement with punter Sam Koch which extends his contract by two years. The 37-year old punter was set to be a free agent in 2023, but this deal will keep him in Baltimore throughout the 2022-2023 season.
We have signed P @Sam_Koch4 to a two-year extension.
Congrats, Sam❗️ pic.twitter.com/tjxy8lMenw
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 18, 2020
Sam Koch was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He is one of just a few players left from the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory.
Sam Koch has consistently been one of the best punters in the National Football League since joining the Ravens in 2006. Koch has punted 1,046 times for 47,451 yards. Koch averages 45.4 yards per punt throughout his entire career. Koch punted for a career-low 40 times in 2019, as the Lamar Jackson led offense kept scoring.
Koch was owed $3.25 million in 2020, and as ESPN’s Jamison Hensley points out, that cap hit made Koch the third most expensive punter in the NFL.
The financial side of the deal was not released by the Ravens, nor has any insider reported on it, but it is safe to assume that this deal moves money owed to Sam Koch in 2020 to later years in order to clear up cap space.
The Ravens were close the salary cap limit after acquiring Michael Brockers on Monday, but must Ravens wait until 4 P.M. on Wednesday to make that signing official, so they can clear cap space before then. The Ravens also declined Brandon Carr’s club option on Wednesday which immediately freed up $6 million in cap space. If the Ravens want to open more cap space, Baltimore can move on from Matthew Judon too. Baltimore franchise-tagged Judon on Friday but could trade him to avoid paying his $16 million price tag. The Ravens could also extend more players to save money. That may happen, as Eric DeCosta’s general strategy is to extend key players before they hit the open market.