Temple Football: Tavon Young just got paid by the Baltimore Ravens

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Three years removed from his time at Temple, cornerback Tavon Young just received a three-year extension to remain with the Baltimore Ravens.

While Temple Football may still be a few months away, it’s always nice to check in on some Owls alum in the NFL and see how their careers have accelerated since leaving the confines of North Philly.

I wonder what Tavon Young has been up to?

Oh yeah, he just got paid.

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That’s right, according to ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Young has been rewarded for his on-field production with a brand new three-year, $25.8 million extension worth up to $29 if he meets various incentives.

And just like that, Young become the highest paid nickel cornerback in the NFL, a serious honor to be sure.

Though Young has only appeared in 31 NFL games over his three years in the league, as he lost the entirety of his sophomore campaign to a preseason torn ACL when on the field, there are very few players who can match his tenacity on the interior.

‘Temple Tuff’-ness at its finest.

An absolute ballhawk over his four seasons as an Owl, recording seven interceptions, 21 passes defensed, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble, Young has largely translated his college production into the pros, as in only 17 starts, he’s already picked off three passes, and defensed 13 more, to go with a pair of sacks and for forced fumbled.

Oh yeah, and he’s also scored two touchdowns, both during the 2018 season.

No wonder new GM Eric DeCosta, Ozzie Newsome‘s longtime assistant wanted to lock in Young for the long hall; he’s a stud, and at only 24, he has the potential to be one for a very long time.

As the Baltimore Ravens attempt to take another step forward with Lamar Jackson under center after a surprise playoff berth in what was initially going to be John Harbaugh‘s final season with the organizations (he’s since signed an extension), it’s paramount to retain and build around a strong young corp. Though he may not be a household name to fans outside of the East Coast, Tavon Young is already one of the best slot cornerbacks in the league, and now he’s being paid like one.

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Not too bad for a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft that many outside observers thought was too small to be a productive pro following a prolific tenure at Temple.