Willie Snead has quietly been one of the Baltimore Ravens' most consistent and durable receivers.
He was slated to become a free agent after this season. However, the Ravens secured his services for at least another year with a $6 million extension, according to reports.
The move also frees up salary-cap space in case the Ravens decide to make a move before the NFL trade deadline.
The veteran receiver is a main target for quarterback Lamar Jackson. Snead has 15 receptions for 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns over seven games.
Snead signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Ravens in April 2018 as a restricted free agent. New Orleans declined to match Baltimore's offer.
Snead had been suspended for three games during the 2017 season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. He was charged in the offseason for driving while intoxicated and failing to maintain proper control of a vehicle.
Snead had a bounce-back season in Baltimore and appeared in all 16 regular-season games, and against the Los Angeles Chargers in the wild-card round of the 2018 NFL playoffs. He finished the year with a team-high 62 receptions for 651 yards and a touchdown.
Snead has endeared himself to the Ravens' coaches for his toughness and work ethic.
"Willie Snead was very reliable,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said this offseason. “I think he was a reliable, move-the-chains receiver for us. He made some big, big plays for us. Nobody works harder than Willie Snead.”
Snead is an undrafted free agent from Ball State and was cut by both the Browns and Panthers in 2014. He later latched on with the Saints and had his best season in 2015 with 69 receptions for 984 yards and three touchdowns.