Mark Andrews wants to be a Raven for the rest of his life

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Andrews wants to be a Raven for life originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Set to begin his fourth season in Baltimore, Mark Andrews has already become one of the top tight ends in the NFL and a go-to target for franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson. 

Players like Andrews tend to get paid handsomely for their abilities and a contract extension with the franchise is looming before he hits free agency in 2022.

The Pro-Bowler isn't worried about all the noise surrounding his contract situation, however. He knows he's where he wants to be long-term. 

"I love Baltimore, I love being here," Andrews told reporters Tuesday. "I love playing here, I want to be here for the rest of my life, and this is home for me."

In his first three seasons, Andrews has accumulated 156 catches, 2,105 yards and 20 touchdowns. The top four highest-paid tight ends are George Kittle ($15M annual salary), Travis Kelce ($14.3M), Hunter Henry ($12.5M) and Jonnu Smith ($12.5M). Andrews has been far more productive than Henry (2,322 yards and 21 TDs in five seasons) and Smith (1,302 yards and 16 TD in four years). At just 26, he's two years younger than Kittle and six years younger than Kelce. 

There's a chance Andrews earns himself a hefty pay-day before it's all said and done, but the thing he's most worried about is being the best version of himself for the Ravens. 

"I'm just gonna be the best player I can be for this team," Andrews said. "As a team, we all have a certain goal, we're all moving in the same direction and that's really all that I'm worried about right now. You can't worry too much about the outside noise and what happens with that, so I'm just gonna let my play speak for itself."

Andrews and the Ravens have until July 15 to agree to a multi-year extension. After that date, they can only agree on contracts for one season.