Ravens exercise linebacker Odafe Oweh’s fifth-year option

OWINGS MILLS — The Ravens are showing confidence in linebacker Odafe Oweh by exercising his fifth-year option, the team announced Tuesday,

The option will cost them a reasonable $13.3 million for 2025, according to OvertheCap.com.

“We are happy to announce that the Ravens will be picking up Odafe Oweh’s fifth-year option,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said. “We look forward to watching him play great football for us this year.”

This past season, Oweh appeared in 13 games after dealing with an ankle injury in Week 2 and finished with 23 tackles, 12 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, and tied a career high with five sacks.

Oweh, who was selected by the Ravens 31st overall in the 2021 NFL draft, led the team with a pass rush win rate of 18.2 percent, according to Pro Football Focus.

“He has a great motor,” DeCosta said. “[He] plays with a passion. He’s an exciting young prospect. He has battled back from some injuries, and we think that this is going to be a great season for him. We’re very, very excited about what he brings to the table this year as one of our primary edge rush guys.”

The option is a good sign for Oweh’s future in Baltimore.

Last year, the Ravens decided not to pick up inside linebacker Patrick Queen’s fifth-year option, and he wound up signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent this offseason.

“We were really happy with [Oweh’s] game this year,” DeCosta said. “I think sometimes people get really caught up in the number of sacks that people get. We prefer to look at pressures and disruptions and their ability to affect the game. Odafe’s probably one of the hardest-working players we have on our defense.”

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