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Matt Judon wants to be in Baltimore “forever and ever”

June 14, 2019 - 12:01 pm

By Austin Medina  

Defensive end Matt Judon is the one certainty in the Ravens pass rush heading into 2019.

With Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith out of town, Judon will serve as the leader on the edge.

Judon spoke after mandatory minicamp ended Thursday.

Surely, the Ravens should be happy he wants to be in Baltimore “forever and ever.” In 2018, Judon accumulated a career-high 20 quarterback hits, along with seven sacks and 44 total tackles.

Although Judon stated his desire to be in Baltimore, he added that “like this offseason, we never know.” The loss of longtime Raven Terrell Suggs should have cleared up any questions in regards to free agency. General Manager Eric DeCosta is going to make decisions in the best interest of the Ravens moving forward, at the right price.

Judon has provided terrific production since being selected in the fifth round in 2016. Over his first three seasons, Judon has racked up 19 sacks, 129 total tackles, and 31 tackles for loss.

Head coach John Harbaugh expects a lot from Judon this year, especially with voids needing to be filled.

Entering the final year of his contract, the Ravens should look to extend Judon. Seeing how Za’Darius Smith was paid, the Ravens can save by getting a deal done quicker. With valuable game-time experience under him, Judon should serve as a leader to young edge rushers such as Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, and rookie Jaylon Ferguson. 

Although there have been no reports of negotiations, Judon looks to continue his productive ways on the edge.