The Gus Bus will continue to run in Baltimore.
The Ravens and restricted free agent running back Gus Edwards reached a two-year extension worth $10 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per agent Drew Rosenhaus. The Ravens later officially announced the new deal.
A former undrafted free agent, Edwards was scheduled to make $3.38 million in 2021 on the restricted free agent tender. The extension links him to Baltimore through 2023.
In three seasons in Baltimore, the 26-year-old back has proved to be a fundamental member of the backfield, acting as a between-the-tackles runner who can carry the load for stretches. For his career, Edwards has averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 414 totes for 2,152 yards and 10 TDs. A slasher, Edwards gets upfield and can shoulder through tackles.
Edwards is expected to share duties with starter J.K. Dobbins in the Ravens' committee approach in Baltimore's run-first offense. The $5 million per year new money average -- slightly below Kenyan Drake's two-year, $11 million deal in free agency -- signifies Baltimore's plans for the Gus Bus to play a significant role in the backfield for the next several seasons.