NFL Rumors: Baltimore Ravens Extending Michael Oher Now Would Be a Mistake

Jon Reid@@JonReidCSMCorrespondent IIOctober 24, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Michael Oher of the Baltimore Ravens poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Baltimore,Maryland. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Michael Oher's story is one that has warmed the hearts of football fans all across the continent.

Heck, it was made into a major motion picture starring Sandra Bullock.

There's no doubt that the 26-year-old offensive lineman has shown an incredible amount of resilience throughout his life.

From a tough parental situation, to being partially blind in one eye, Oher has persevered through it all and has made himself into a starting NFL lineman with the Baltimore Ravens.

This, however, is not enough to earn him a fresh new contract.

Not just yet, anyway.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, it seems like preliminary discussions have begun to extend the Memphis native's tenure in Baltimore.

After being selected in the first round of the NFL draft in 2009 by the Ravens, Oher has shown an incredible amount of promise, but he has had a hard time translating that potential into on-field success.

He's been shifted around on the offensive line and has consistently struggled to protect Ravens QB Joe Flacco.

In seven games so far this season, Oher has allowed two sacks, 13 quarterback pressures and has taken four penalties.

While he may still emerge as a staple of Batimore's offensive line, there is no need to rush into re-signing Oher, as he's signed through this season and next.

Why not use the remainder of the time on his contract to evaluate what they have?

Why not allow Oher's contract year to drive him to improve his game?

Sure, it may not be the most professional of moves, but it's not like Oher has earned a lengthy contract extension.

Not to mention, he already seems committed to a future in Baltimore if the team wants him.

In the article linked above, Oher has the following to say regarding his future in Baltimore:

I love it here...It's a great organization, great city. I would love to finish out here. That's up to the organization. Without a doubt my ears are open.

Fellow lineman Marshal Yanda indicated that Oher is a hard worker and positive influence in the dressing room.

Taking all that into consideration, it would definitely be in the Ravens' best interest to at least see how Oher plays the remainder of his contract out before committing to him for an extended period.