Ravens Trade Rumors: 'No Indication' Matthew Judon Deal Is Close

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2020

CINCINNATI, OHIO - NOVEMBER 10:  Matthew Judon #99 of the Baltimore Ravens against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Trade rumors have floated around the Baltimore Ravens' Matthew Judon since the team used the franchise tag on the linebacker in March, but there's reportedly "no indication" a deal is imminent.

Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reported Saturday the Ravens are "determined to make things work" with Judon despite the speculation about his future since he hasn't signed his one-year franchise tender.

The 27-year-old Grand Valley State product posted a career-high 9.5 sacks to go along with 54 total tackles and four forced fumbles across 16 games in 2019 en route to his first Pro Bowl selection. He's recorded 28.5 sacks in 62 appearances since being selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

"I'd rather have a long-term deal for stability," Judon told ESPN's Josina Anderson about the franchise tag. "It is what it is. I feel like this is what many of us go through that are facing free agency. At the end of the day, I know I'm playing football next season."

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network called him a "tag-and-trade possibility" in March.

Judon will make $15.8 million in 2020 if he signs the franchise tender, per Spotrac. The Ravens have until July 15 to sign him to a long-term contract extension, or his only options will be playing under the one-year deal or holding out.

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Edge-rusher remains one of the NFL's most widespread needs coming out of the draft, with a limited number of immediate-impact defensive ends or outside linebackers in this year's class.

In February, Bleacher Report's Maurice Moton predicted the Miami Dolphins would acquire Judon in exchange for second- and fifth-round picks in the 2021 draft.

The Dolphins have since added former Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson in free agency, but they still have a need on the edge.

That said, Baltimore would likely have no shortage of suitors if they put Judon on the trade block.

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