Judon (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Judon will have two more chances to upgrade his practice status ahead of Sunday's game against the Saints. If he can't go, Ronnie Perkins and Josh Uche will be candidates for increased snaps.
Judon and the Patriots have reached agreement on a four-year, $56 million contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Judon has never reached double-digit sacks, but he does have six or more in four straight seasons, with no fewer than 19 QB hits each of those years. And while he applied more pressure than the modest sack totals indicate, critics will note that Baltimore's affinity for Cover-0 blitzes created unblocked pass-rush situations for Judon. Regardless, his competence as both a pass rusher and run defender helped stabilize an otherwise shaky position in Baltimore the past few years. In New England, Judon could be replacing John Simon, a fellow free agent who had only two sacks in 16 starts for the Pats last year.
The Ravens elected not to place their franchise tag on Judon ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Baltimore will allow both Judon and Yannick Ngakoue to test the open market when free agency officially kicks off March 17. Hensley reported back in January that Judon is looking to earn $20 million per season on his next contract. Though Judon is sure to gather plenty of suitors in free agency, he'll likely have difficulty earning that large of a per-year figure.
The Ravens will not place the franchise tag on Judon, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Judon will move on from Baltimore mid-March unless he and the team come to terms on an extension. Given his effectiveness as a pass rusher, Judon would no doubt have an easy time finding another landing spot if he does end up hitting free agency.
Judon (illness) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's divisional-round matchup in Buffalo, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Judon missed Baltimore's first two practices of the week, but he was a full participant in Thursday's session. The fifth-year linebacker looks set to handle his usual starting role as the Ravens work to contain Josh Allen and the Bills.
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