According to a report by ESPN, Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins did not participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp due to his contract situation. Dobbins, who the Ravens drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, is entering the second year of his rookie deal.
The report states that Dobbins is seeking a new contract that reflects his value as a starting running back in the league. Dobbins had a strong rookie season, rushing for 805 yards and nine touchdowns on 134 carries. He also caught 18 passes for 120 yards and an additional score.
The Ravens have a history of rewarding their young players with contract extensions, but it remains to be seen if they will do the same for Dobbins. The team has several other key players who are also due for new contracts, including quarterback Lamar Jackson and tight end Mark Andrews.
Dobbins’ absence from the minicamp is not expected to impact his availability for training camp, which is set to begin in late July. However, it does highlight the importance of getting a deal done before the start of the regular season.
The Ravens are coming off a disappointing end to their 2020 season, which saw them lose to the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the playoffs. Dobbins figures to play a key role in the team’s success in 2021 and beyond, but his contract situation must be resolved before he retakes the field.