The Baltimore Ravens’ flirtation with ex-Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich appears to be over. According to Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens and QB Kyle Boller have agreed to terms on a one-year extension on his current contract, which will keep him in Baltimore until the 2008 season. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but it is believed that that Boller could earn up to $3 million, a big upgrade over his current salary ($1.79 million).
This signing would basically end the courtship between the Ravens and Leftwich. This is surprising to me because in my opinion, Leftwich would have been a good fit with the Ravens, as opposed to Boller. The deal is surprising also because Boller, to me, has been a classic underachiever during his NFL career thus far. Although Leftwich struggled for the most part while in Jacksonville, he’d be an upgrade compared to Boller at this point. Boller’s weaknesses are apparent: his lack of pocket awareness (78 sacks in 41 games played) and his completion percentage (55.8% for his career).
So apparently the Ravens know something that I don’t and perhaps that will bear itself out sometime this season. The team can only hope that QB Steve McNair remains relatively injury-free as the Ravens can ill afford to have Boller behind center for any extended period of time. That’s really not a knock on Boller; however, Boller’s track record speaks for itself.