The Baltimore Ravens have chosen to use their franchise tag on linebacker Matthew Judon. Reports indicate that the deal will be worth somewhere between $16 million and $18 million. If the Ravens had not tagged him, he would have been eligible for free agency, where he would likely get a much bigger contract.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news on Friday afternoon, while positing that Judon will not be happy about receiving the tag.
Judon started in all 16 games for the first time in his four year career in 2019. He played In all 16 games the previous two years as well, but was not a starter in all of them.
The outside linebacker had his best year last season for the NFL-best Ravens. In total he forced four fumbles, collected 9.5 sacks and had 54 combined tackles. All of these were career highs for Judon. This is likely why Baltimore chose to franchise tag him; to see if these numbers repeat themselves before signing him to a bigger deal.
The Ravens had the best record in the NFL last season, at 14-2. Their defense was also extremely productive, and should continue that trend with Judon locked down for 2020.
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