Report: Ravens are expected to franchise tag Matthew Judon

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The NFL and NFLPA agreed to push back the start of the window to use franchise tags two days in light of scheduled talks on the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement this week and it looks like the Ravens will be active once that period is underway.

Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports that the Ravens are expected to use the franchise tag on linebacker Matthew Judon. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said last month that the team would try to re-sign Judon, but that it would be “very hard” to pull it off.

Judon had 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles during the 2019 season.

That production makes it easy to understand why the Ravens would move to ensure Judon doesn’t walk away as a free agent, but it may not ensure his return to Baltimore for the 2020 season. There was word last month that the team would consider tagging Judon and trading him to another team.

8 responses to “Report: Ravens are expected to franchise tag Matthew Judon

  1. If I am the acquiring team, why would I both pay the player a huge salary AND give up draft picks?

    Draft picks have value. If I have to give up something to get a player then I won’t pay that player as much. Otherwise I’m grossly overpaying.

  2. whywerule says:
    February 23, 2020 at 11:30 am
    The Ravens need to franchise tag their Bluetooth Group – the true MVPs of their team.

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    Any updates from Goodell on that? Funny how their offense fell off the map once their scheme was uncovered.

  3. Harbaugh said it would be hard to resign DE Judon. LB Judon is a whole different price range on the franchise tag. I would assume this points to a trade like last year’s Ford/Clowney moves.

  4. How annoying for these guys to be tagged, bagged, sent off to a team not of their choice for a pick instead of getting a new contract in free agency or with their current team. Franchise tag shouldn’t be allowed to trade unless player is in agreement to go to the trading partner. Say Judson goes out and tears a pec in 2020 and misses 8 games….his long term contract status is compromised off of this dumb franchise tag one year thing and the guy loses his big contract leverage possibly forever.

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