Ravens ink Pro Bowl long snapper to five-year extension

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens retained another key member of their special teams Monday by announcing a five-year agreement with long snapper Morgan Cox.
The 2015 Pro Bowl selection was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday, but Baltimore has instead locked up the veteran snapper after placing the franchise tag on kicker Justin Tucker and re-signing special-teams standout Albert McClellan earlier this offseason. Cox has served as the Ravens long snapper since signing as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2010.
“People who study the game know how good Morgan is, and he was certainly deserving of a Pro Bowl honor last year,” special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said in a team statement. “His consistency is what makes him a great player, and his role in working with both Sam [Koch] and Justin is instrumental to the reliability of the trio.”
Cox has remained one of the most consistent long snappers in the NFL despite suffering torn anterior cruciate ligaments to both knees over the course of his career. The first came in 2010 when Cox tore his left ACL early in the second quarter of a game in Cleveland and managed to finish the rest of the game, a feat that earned him the Ed Block Courage Award.
The 29-year-old injured his right ACL midway through the 2014 season, but he made a full recovery in time for training camp last year.
“I’m looking forward to spending the next five years in Baltimore surrounded by the greatest teammates, coaching staff, and fans in football,” Cox stated. “The Lord has blessed me beyond measure during the last six years, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.”