According to his agent, David Canter, the Baltimore Ravens’ starting center, Matt Skura, will return to Charm City in 2020.
— DEC Management (@davidcanter) April 10, 2020
The Baltimore Ravens placed a low round tender on Matt Skura earlier this offseason. As a restricted free agent, Skura had the opportunity to shop around for a new contract, but the Ravens had the chance to match whatever offer sheet he received. Skura was playing well this year, and it looked like he would find himself in a position to score a lucrative contract in free agency. This never happened, however. In late November, Skura tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL in a game against the Los Angeles Rams, completely derailing his Pro Bowl-caliber year and market prospects.
Skura looks to be progressing in his recovery at a good pace, but he undoubtedly has a long road ahead of him. The Ravens are optimistic that he can return to the gridiron in September.
Regardless of whether or not Skura is ready by day one, keeping the starting center in 2020 is a good decision.
According to Spotrac.com, Skura will earn $2.1 million in 2020. A small-cap hit for retaining a former impact player.
If he’s healthy by opening day, re-signing Skura eliminates a major need along the offensive line. The Ravens now have starters at three of five positions along the line: Ronnie Stanley at left tackle, Matt Skura at center, and Orlando Brown Jr. at right tackle. Bradley Bozeman will fight with Ben Powers over the left-guard position, while the right guard slot is completely up for grabs since Marshal Yanda retired. The Ravens are near-certain to address offensive guard in the upcoming draft, but between Bozeman, Powers, and the expected rookie arrival, the two guard positions should be filled by the end of training camp.
If Skura is not ready to play by September, look for Patrick Mekari to fill his role once again.