Entering the free agent period with multiple pass rushers with expiring contracts was an unforgiving situation for the Baltimore Ravens. Defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale likes to get after the quarterbacks. The outside linebackers play a key role in executing Martindale’s plan.
All was not lost when Ravens’ free agent pass rushers Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue signed free agent deals with the New England Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders, respectively. That’s because the Ravens were able to bring back a young, up and coming player in Tyus Bowser.
Bowser signed a four-year, $22-million contract with the Ravens last month. This comes after he finished last season with 34 tackles, two sacks and a career high three interceptions go along with 14 QB hits.
The goal for Bowser is to pickup where he left off last season.
“With the defense that we had [and] the scheme, I fit in so well with that defense. Just the culture, the guys there [and] the family atmosphere with the organization, I definitely wanted to stay and be with [that],” Bowser said at a press conference after he was re-signed by Baltimore.
“Fortunately, we were able to work it out. We were able to work out a deal. It’s nice to be back for another four years. I’m happy.”
The Ravens selected Bowser with the No. 47 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He became a starter last season. Entering his fifth year, Bowser has set his sights on becoming a team leader.
“Yes, I feel like that would be a big step for me coming into this year, being a fifth-year guy [and] a fifth-year vet with a young team. To be able to lead that group, lead this defense and also lead this team to where we want to be, and that’s to win a Super Bowl. So, I feel like I’ll definitely be moving to a bigger role, which I feel like I’m ready for,” Bowser said.
Bowser singled out past leaders such as Judon, Pernell McPhee and Terrell Suggs as players he learned from when he first entered the NFL. He is confident that they taught him the necessary qualities to move into a bigger
leadership role with the Ravens— and he welcomes the opportunity.
“All of these guys that have been here before,” Bowser explained. “Just learning from them and piggybacking off of what they’ve been doing these past couple of years. I feel like after learning from them, I feel like I’m ready to move into that role.”