Judon will play out 2020 under the franchise tag, Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun reports. Judon and the Ravens failed to work out a long-term extension before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. The outside linebacker is scheduled for a $16.8 million salary in 2020 as he looks to build upon last year's career highs for sacks (9.5) and QB hits (33). Judon played 81 percent of Baltimore's defensive snaps as a 16-game starter in 2019, and he should see a similar workload in 2020.
Judon doesn't mind the franchise tag, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. "I'm pleased to be tagged," Judon said "I feel like only a few players get to go through this in their lifetime. As much as I want stability in the future, I'm proud of where I'm at and where I came from." Judon signed the franchise tender in late May, ending any speculation about a potential holdout. He presumably prefers to sign a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline, but it doesn't sound like he's in any rush to agree to a team-friendly deal. The 2016 fifth-round pick is scheduled to make $16.8 million under the franchise tag, following a 2019 campaign with career highs for sacks (9.5), QB hits (33) and forced fumbles (four). The raw numbers were impressive, but PFF charted Judon with an NFL-high 56 percent of his pressures coming on plays where he was either unblocked or "cleaning up" for another pass rusher. He appears to have benefited considerably from playing in a blitz-happy defense with an excellent secondary.
Judon signed his franchise tag Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Judon's decision to sign the franchise tag suggests that he won't opt for a holdout even if the Ravens don't sign him to a long-term deal prior to the July 15 deadline. As such, Judon will carry a sizable $16.3 million contract for the 2020 campaign. The pass rusher is coming off a solid 2019 season in which he notched multiple career-high marks, including 9.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 33 QB hits, to go with a solid 54 total tackles through 16 games.
The Ravens gave Judon a franchise tag Friday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. The move has long been expected, with Judon the lone reasonable choice to receive Baltimore's tag this offseason. It's less clear if he'll sign a long-term deal, play on the tag or get traded, as reports from February hinted at friction between the two parties. Judon is coming off a 2019 campaign with career highs for sacks (9.5), QB hits (33) and forced fumbles (four), but the Ravens believe some of his production was the result of a blitz-happy scheme and excellent play from their cornerbacks. While the argument undoubtedly has legitimacy, Judon's agent will be sure to mention that the 27-year-old accounted for 25.7 percent of the team's sacks and 29.7 percent of the QB hits, i.e., he was the only Baltimore pass rusher that actually parlayed the favorable conditions into production.
Judon is expected to receive a franchise tag, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Judon is the only reasonable candidate for Baltimore this offseason, coming off a 2019 campaign with career highs for sacks (9.5), QB hits (33) and forced fumbles (four). His representatives likely will argue that his fourth-in-the-league total for QB hits shows pass-rushing ability beyond the sack numbers, while Baltimore's front office can argue that Judon was aided by the team's league-high blitz rate (54.9 percent) and excellent secondary. Regardless of how the arguments play out, Judon presumably will want a contract exceeding that of former teammate Za'Darius Smith, who signed with Green Bay last offseason for four years and $66 million, though just 30.3 percent was fully guaranteed. There already have been some rumors that the Ravens could opt for a tag-and-trade if Judon won't take a team-friendly deal.
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