Matthew Judon: I’d love to stay in Baltimore, but it’s gotta line up

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Linebacker Matthew Judon had “no clue” about what the offseason would hold when the Ravens’ season came to an end last month and the last few weeks haven’t done anything to clarify the situation.

Judon sat down with Adam Schien of CBS Sports Network recently and the impending free agent discussed his feelings about staying with the Ravens. Judon, who played out the 2020 season on the franchise tag, said that he’d love to be back while indicating that a lot will have to fall into place to make that happen.

“I’d love to be back in Baltimore. I haven’t been nowhere else, so I’d love to be back in Baltimore,” Judon said. “Just, it’s gotta line up, it’s gotta be perfect, and we’ve gotta make it work. So, if I’m in Baltimore I won’t be sad. Trust me, I love it here. I got a home, a really nice home. But if not, I’ll still love the city and it’ll be, I think, exciting and fun to play for a new organization and figure out what other teams are like out there.”

The Ravens also have Yannick Ngakoue, Pernell McPhee, Tyus Bowser, and Jihad Ward on track for free agency, so there’s a lot for the Ravens to line up in multiple edge rusher spots.

7 responses to “Matthew Judon: I’d love to stay in Baltimore, but it’s gotta line up

  1. Why don’t they just say they want the money? Why all the code words? It’s nothing to be ashamed of.

  2. Let him walk… he wants top 5 money and hasn’t had a season over 10 sacks and isn’t a good run stopper

  3. Every defensive player that the Ravens make great end up sucking when they leave – or at least, being far less effective, and NEVER worth the money they demand. Just a few:

    Adalius Thomas
    Ed Hartwell
    Gary Baxter
    CJ Mosely
    Bart Scott (had one ok season with the Jets)

    — To be fair, these three were out of their prime, and probably should have retired. Still relevant to mention —
    Haloti Ngata
    Ed Reed
    Terrel Suggs

    The list is enormous, but I can’t remember them all off the top of my head. Especially since they just dropped off the face of the Earth once they left.

  4. Judon is a Beast! The Ravens want him back, but only at the right price. Drafting him out Grand Valley State in the 5th Round was a pretty good move by the Ravens. He is very versatile and can bring constant pressure, set the edge and even cover. However, he is 28 years old. He will try to get as much money as possible. If money is his only goal, I am sure Jacksonville will pay him top money. He will probably enjoy the Florida weather and the no state tax on a big contract. However, he might not see the playoffs for the duration of his contract. I also know that Gruden likes him a lot and might try to sign him. It sounds like Judon is open to the highest bidder. What the Ravens will probably do is franchise him again and let him walk next year if no long term deal is reached. The Ravens are the Best at developing players, letting them make big money somewhere else and collectiong comp picks for them. It might be the case for Judon.

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