Ravens’ Matt Judon officially signs franchise tag
Baltimore Ravens edge-rusher Matt Judon officially signed his franchise tender, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Matt Judon has signed his franchise tag with the #Ravens, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 28, 2020
Judon’s decision to sign the tender might be an indication the two sides are close to reaching an agreement on a long-term extension.
Ravens GM Eric DeCosta previously said the team had dialogue with Judon’s camp regarding an extension.
DeCosta said team has two ways of creating cap room: Long-term deal with Matthew Judon and Long-term deal with Ronnie Stanley. "We've had dialogue with both agents. We haven't been able to get a deal done."
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) May 6, 2020
Head coach John Harbaugh also said in January retaining Judon was a top priority for the Ravens (via Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun):
“There’s no question that [retaining Judon] is a priority for us, and that’s something that’s really important to us,” coach John Harbaugh said at his season-ending news conference in January. “Matt is probably right at the top of the list, for sure. … Our goal will be to have Matt back. That’s what we’ll try to do.”
The Ravens could still attempt to trade Judon, given they also acquired Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe this offseason. However, it seems more likely Baltimore tries to hammer out an extension with Judon in the near future.
Judon had arguably the best year of his career in 2019, racking up 9.5 sacks and 33 quarterback hits to go along with four forced fumbles and 14 tackles for a loss. He was also named to the Pro Bowl for the first time.
The 27-year-old has at least 7.0 sacks and 19 quarterback hits in each of the last three seasons. Judon is an established member of Baltimore’s pass rush, and is likely to cause plenty of havoc alongside Campbell and Wolfe as the Ravens hope to make a Super Bowl push in 2020.