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Ravens give defensive back Tavon Young contract extension

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young (25) lines up against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Browns won 12-9 in overtime. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens defensive back Tavon Young has signed a three-year contract extension, part of the team's effort to retain budding talent.

The 24-year-old Young had one year left on his rookie contract, but first-year general manager Eric DeCosta wanted to get a jump on keeping the slot cornerback.

DeCosta says he "talked a few weeks ago about keeping our best young players, and Tavon is the definition of that."

After spending the entire 2017 season on injured reserve with a torn ACL, Young played in 15 games last season despite being bothered by a groin injury. He had 34 tackles, an interception and two fumble returns for touchdowns.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Young was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft after playing at Temple.

In his two seasons as an active player, Young has 86 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

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Updated February 22, 2019

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