Judon "doesn't know where he'll be next year"

Big Bad Morning Show
January 23, 2020 - 10:18 am

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By Austin Medina  

The Ravens have some difficult decisions to make ahead of free agency but no decision will be harder than Matt Judon's future. 

The 28-year old edge rusher is coming off a career-year, totaling 54 tackles along with team highs in sacks (9.5), quarterback hits (33), and four forced fumbles. 

The potential has been reached and Judon's production has warranted a long-term contract. 

With the Ravens currently expected to have roughly $29 million in cap space, retaining Judon will prove difficult with other moves on the horizon. Judon spoke on his upcoming free agency.

“I don’t know where I’m going to be at next year, man,” Judon told NFL.com. “It’s going to be a fun process, but I’m trusting it right now...I’m not going to stress over it. It’s going to happen when it’s going to happen, and it’s gonna be on God’s time.”

The uncertainty in his tone has increased since last season, when Judon stated he wanted to be a Raven "forever and ever." But would he take a contract to stay in Baltimore if the price was lower?

The Ravens may also elect to use a franchise tag to retain Judon for 2020. According to Over the Cap, the anticipated cap hit by using the franchise tag on Judon would be $16.2 million. 

That would leave Baltimore with roughly $13 million in cap space, but cutting ties with players can add more cap flexibility.

Defenders such as Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr could create more than $13 million in cap space. With Tavon Young returning from injury and Chuck Clark taking massive strides in 2019, severing ties with these veterans seems more likely than not. 

While the Ravens decision will be highlighted all offseason, Judon stated he "gotta have patience, man. I can’t rush it. It’s going to happen when it’s gonna happen.” The same applies for the fans, we just have to let the negotiations play out.