Ravens HC: Will Be Hard To Keep Matt Judon

The Ravens want to keep Matt Judon, but head coach John Harbaugh admits that it’ll be “pretty hard” to retain the in-demand pass rusher. 

We’re going to try to get as many of these guys re-signed as we can. Matt [Judon] is probably right at the top of the list, for sure,” Harbaugh told reporters on Friday. “Our goal will be to have Matt back.”

Judon, 28 in August, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March. After notching a career-high 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in his first season as a full-time starter, Judon could fetch big bucks on the open market.

There’s some question as to whether the Ravens can afford to re-sign him to a lucrative long-term deal, but they can ill afford to lose him, either. Judon stepped up after the Ravens’ front seven lost Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith to free agency. Now, there’s no one behind the fourth-year player that could replace his production.

The Ravens will have to balance their desire to keep Judon with other pending free agents, including cornerback Jimmy Smith, defensive tackle Michael Pierce, and linebacker Patrick Onwuasor. They’re also likely to exercise defensive back Brandon Carr‘s option, which would carry a $7MM cap figure.

As it stands, the Ravens are projected to have nearly $34MM in cap space for the offseason.

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10 comments on “Ravens HC: Will Be Hard To Keep Matt Judon

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Maybe trade him for a playoff game plan that doesn’t require your QB to provide 77% of the run offense.

    • bradthebluefish

      Ravens were rusty as heck. And Lamar Jackson couldn’t handle being behind in the score and compounded the issue. Nothing Harbaugh could do at that point.

  2. davidkaner

    Lions will throw tons of money at him with all that cap space they have & they might draft a disruptive DT too. Patricia might actually have pressure on the QB next year.

  3. mlevon24

    “Ravens HC” how hard is it to type John Harbaugh? Are you too lazy or are ya trying to conceal his identity?

    • rkmarx

      This is probably one of those “Washington Football Team” things that Zach does. He’s the worst.

  4. J leathal86

    I don’t understand why we wouldn’t have enough money with all the dead weight on this team that should get us back around 60 mill in cap space jimmy smith,Brandon Carr,Tony Jefferson,just to name a few

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