Matthew Judon anxious to work on long-term contract with the Ravens
Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl defensive end/linebacker Matthew Judon is seeking to sign a long-term deal with last year’s NFL-best club.
The rising fifth-year edge rusher out of Grand Valley State inked the franchise tag with the Ravens last month, which will keep Judon in Baltimore for another year for a price that could exceed $14.5 million, given last year’s non-exclusive franchise tag value. However, Judon’s single-year contract with the Ravens isn’t stopping him from chatting about a long-term deal, via The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec.
“I think we have 30 more days to work out a long-term contract. … I’m happy to be a Raven. I want to stay here for as long as I play, but I understand that it’s a business and they kind of have a bad/good problem to have. We have a lot of young talent.”
Judon, 27, recorded a career-best 9.5 sacks during the 2019 season for the Ravens, also compiling 54 combined tackles, 33 quarterback hits, and four forced fumbles in what would be a career year resulting in a first-time Pro Bowl selection. It has been a steady rise for the former fifth-round selection out of a Division II school.
Judon will very likely be an integral piece of Baltimore’s defense moving forward as the Ravens hope to secure a third consecutive playoff appearance following the past two years’ back-to-back AFC North division wins yet two straight bow-outs of the postseason in their first matchups both times.
With league MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson under center, the Ravens need to ensure maximum time of possession in the hands of the former Heisman Trophy winner, and that could come from contributions by Judon on the defensive end.