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Ravens Expected to Place Tag on Linebacker Matt Judon

In retweeting a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicating that the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to push back the franchise and transition tag windows, Jamison Hensley of made a seemingly offhand, but still important, observation.

Hensley tweeted that the new window is relevant to the Ravens, who are expected to tag linebacker Matt Judon, Rory Parks of Profootball Rumors reports.

The fact that Baltimore plans to tag Judon is not surprising. The Ravens could look for trade partners for Judon once he’s tagged — the tag-and-trade market for edge rushers was rather robust last season — and they will certainly continue to negotiate their own contract with him.

The problem is that Judon has proven himself to be a good player, but not necessarily a player worthy of a deal that could approach an AAV of $20MM. He can dominate a game but does not do so routinely, and though he earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2019, that largely seemed to be a function of the team’s overall success.

On the other hand, the Ravens need a proven commodity at pass rusher, and beyond Judon, they don’t have one. They have high hopes for 2019 third-rounder Jaylon Ferguson, but the jury is still out on him, and it’s unlikely that any of the league’s other top edge rushers eligible for free agency will actually hit the open market. And Baltimore did let Za’Darius Smith walk in free agency last year because it deemed his price tag too rich, only to see Smith break out for the Packers.

Ravens Reward Safety Chuck Clark with a Three-Year Extension Worth $16 Million

The Ravens are bringing back Chuck Clark, as the team announced on Monday they have signed him to a three-year contract extension.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the extension is worth $16 million over three years, including $10 million in guarantees.

The safety stepped up in a big way in 2019, as he played in all 16 games with the team, starting 12 games.

He put up 73 tackles, nine passes defended, two forced fumbles, one interception and one sack.

Clark stepped up for Tony Jefferson who missed most of the season with a knee injury. Jefferson is entering the final season of his four-year deal in 2020 and it’s likely Clark will step in to take his spot after the 2020 season.

Clark came to the team has a sixth-round pick back in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Dead Cap Hit $500K, Cap Saving $2M

The Baltimore Ravens, despite their crushing loss in the AFC Divisional Round, are set up for success in 2020 with the retention of both coordinators and the youthful makeup of their roster. There are no names among the skill position players that immediately leap out as someone that can be removed for easy money, to be honest.

Robert Griffin III is a saving they could make if the team is confident that Trace McSorley can adequately backup Lamar Jackson. That said, his release wouldn’t free up all that much ($2 Million to be exact), and the Ravens are not exactly in need of the saving.

Reliving Some of the Thrilling Moments of the Ravens 2019 Season

While there are still a lot of bitter feelings over what took place last week in Baltimore in the AFC Divisional Playoff game, no one can deny that the Ravens had an amazing 2019 campaign.

The club won 14 out of 16 regular season games, winning 14 straight after an early season loss at home to the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens were favorites in most of their games once they got on a roll, and checking bet-ny you can see that the team steamrolled through most of the competition the last few months of 2019.

It was a season to remember with sensational plays from young players like second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson, and a defense that dominated most of the offenses that they played throughout the season.

The team was so good which is why the the loss at home 28-16 to the Tennessee Titans was such a crazy shock. The Birds just never showed signs of a letdown as they ran through the competition, and it looked like it was all lining up for a long playoff run.

But that wasn’t the case, and today we go back and try to give the fans something fun to look back on, reliving some of the great moments that the Ravens had during the 2019 campaign.

1. An Opening Day Dominance

The Ravens went to Miami on opening day and while there were questions about Lamar Jackson and him throwing the football, all that he did was hit just about every pass, completing both long and short passes.

He was teased in the postgame on if he was a pure pocket passer, and he showed during the win that those were questions that didn’t need to be asked anymore.

It was the start of a sensational season for Jackson.

2. Taking a Chance in Seattle

The Seahawks and Ravens were deadlocked at 13 in a week seven game in Seattle, but despite being on the road that didn’t stop the team from being aggressive and taking chances.

The team went for it on a 4th-and-3 and converted, sending a message that they were not going to be intimated by the Hawks rough and tough defense, and it set up a score that gave them the lead and they never looked back.

The Birds all season took chances on fourth down, and it paid off just about every time, with Jackson making great plays and converting the chances they gave him.

Look for even more of that in 2020.

3. Just that Fast

The Ravens were in a dogfight by the Lakefront in Cleveland on December 22nd, and actually found themselves trailing the Browns by a score of 6-0 late in the second quarter.

That’s when the Ravens went to work, as they started to impose their will on defense, coming up with some big plays late in the first half, and converting them to score two touchdowns in a super quick fashion.

The key was tight end Mark Andrews, who scored on a broken play a 39-yard score, and then again on a 14-yard score with nine seconds left in the quarter.

The two scores keyed the Ravens runaway win, and they were able to dominate one of the two teams that beat them in the regular season, walking out of Cleveland with a 31-15 win.

It showed again how good and effective that the Ravens offense could be when pushed up against the wall.

Keeping LB Matthew Judon a Top Offseason Priority for the Ravens

When you look at the Baltimore Ravens offseason, figuring out what to do with free agents is by far the number one thing on the list for this team to be able to turn the corner for 2020.

Friday head coach John Harbaugh was stuck talking a lot more about the players that might not be in Baltimore in 2020, than those that will be.

If you look at you can see that the Ravens are still one of the top AFC teams that are expected to make a Super Bowl run next season, right up there with the Chiefs and Patriots.

The club has a whopping 23 unrestricted free agents, with linebacker Matthew Judon being the top name on the list when it comes to players that the club wants to keep around.

Judon was a hot topic on Friday, as Harbaugh was quick to point out that the club wants to do whatever they have to do in order to keep the fifth round pick of 2016 on the roster.

Harbaugh was asked flat out how much he wants Judon back in 2020, as well as how hard it is going to be to keep the 27-year-old.

“Very much and pretty hard, you know? But we’re going to try,” Harbaugh said of keeping Judon and trying to bring him back for years to come.

The Ravens coach added, “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. … Our goal will be to have Matt back.”

How effective was Judon last season for the 14-2 Ravens? He quietly was the best player most weeks on defense, and by the time it was over he put up a career-high 9.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 33 QB hits.

2019 was the first season in which Judon was a full-time starter. He was behind just Marlon Humphrey and Earl Thomas in terms of defensive snaps on the entire roster.

As a whole, Judon put up 740 snaps. His 28.5 sacks since 2016 rank 31st in the league, a solid number for a player that is looking to come into his own on a roster of young defensive stars.

This past season Judon stepped in for two departed starters, Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith, and the team didn’t miss a beat.

The big question is going to be what it is going to cost the Ravens to keep him around, and is a team going to swoop in and try to make him a big offer before the Ravens can make him a competitive deal.

The Ravens have about a month to get things straight when it comes to their priority in the free agent market. Keeping Judon on the roster still seems to be the top thing on the list, and if they can find the money to pay him, it would behoove them to do what they can to ink him long term and make him a leader on defense.

Taking a Look at the Ravens Offseason – Who Comes Back, Who Goes

The sudden end of the Baltimore Ravens 2019 season didn’t come without the realization that the team as it’s constructed will never be the same as it was.

The club now will have to figure out its task for the offseason, figuring out what players are worth a contract, and what players they need to bring back in order to finally take that next step forward when they take the field again in 2020.

When you look at the free agent list for the Ravens, it is made up of 23 free agents in total, that are categorized as unrestricted, restricted, exclusive rights, and contract option.

If you’re a you can see that the Birds have a ton of work to do, and it’s not going to be easy to get a number of these players back with the team.

Let’s start with the Unrestricted Free Agents, those players that are free to go as soon as they want, or if the Ravens want to bring them back they for sure can chat with them about their futures playing in Baltimore.

Jimmy Smith, Matthew Judon, Michael Pierce, Patrick Onwuasor, Seth Roberts, Anthony Levine, Pernell McPhee, Domata Peko, Josh Bynes, Bryden Trawick, Jordan Richards, De’Anthony Thomas, Justin Ellis, Chris Moore, Jihad Ward, Hroniss Grasu and Andre Smith.

It is obvious that it’s going to be impossible for the Ravens to bring back most of their unrestricted free agents, but there are a couple names that stand out that the team is going to try and likely chat with as they look to the task of building the team for the offseason.

Included on that list of players are Matthew Judon, Jimmy Smith, Michael Pierce, Josh Bynes, and Anthony Levine. Smith is probably the number one priority on the list, and if the Ravens can not allow him to reach free agency, it they should be able to get him back.

Smith has spoken about wanting to return to the Ravens, and the Ravens feel likewise.

As far as Judon goes, don’t be shocked to see the Ravens use the franchise tag if the two sides cannot agree to a long-term deal.

The rest of the unrestricted free agents on the team are all a great unknown, and some of it will simply come down to who wants to stay, and who is willing to leave the comforts of Baltimore.

The Ravens have just one restircted free agent for 2020, that being Matt Skura. You may have forgotten about Skura, as he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the team’s win over the Rams back in week 12.

He’s got a long recovery as he has said that he tore his ACL, MCL, PCL, and dislocated his knee cap. The team may take a flier on him, but it won’t be a very wealthy deal.

Finally there are the Exclusive-Rights Free Agents, with the big name being running back Gus Edwards, who has been valuable for the offense the last few years.

It’s important for the Ravens to make sure they get a new deal with Edwards done. Also on the list are Parker Ehinger, Fish Smithson and Randin Crecelius.

If nothing else the shock of already being in the offseason should be enough to wake the team up, and for them to make sure they get the job of building for 2020 already in progress.

Easier said than done for the two-time defending AFC North champions.

With Another Playoff Letdown, the Pressure in 2020 Will Be All on Lamar Jackson’s Shoulders

It was not the way it was supposed to end.

For the Baltimore Ravens, rarely had the NFL seen a more dominant team roll through the final three plus months, putting up monster points on offense, holding teams in check on defense, and in the end winning 14 games.

But for all the bravado the Ravens had, the dancing, the celebrating, the happy times on the sidelines as they easily dispatched teams, Saturday night it all came crashing down by a more focused Tennessee Titans team who were more worried about doing the little things right.

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But back to the Ravens, just like that, it’s a season all over.

“I don’t really care about what they say,” Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said.

“This is my second year in the league. Many people [aren’t] able to bring it to the playoffs. I’ve got a great team with me. I don’t really worry about the people say. We’re just going to keep going, like I said, [and] get ready for next year.”

Sadly after the 28-12 loss to the Titans next year is all the Ravens have to look forward to, and that includes a long offseason, mini-camp, training camp, preseason, and a regular season.

All that just to get back to the very place they stood on Saturday night at home as they looked forward to hosting the AFC Title game.

Now they will simply have to sit back and watch, just like all of the other teams in the AFC minus the Chiefs and Titans.

The good news, Jackson should be the MVP of the league, and he deserved it. 36 touchdown passes and finishing sixth in the league with 1,206 yards rushing.

The problem, he looked for the second straight season like a quarterback that just wasn’t good enough to get it done with the bright lights of the postseason.

“He’s the most competitive person I’ve been around,” tight end Mark Andrews said Saturday night.

“I know he’s going to take this and use it as fuel to make himself a better football player.”

Jackson knows that there will be more pressure next season, and that after two seasons of letdowns in the postseason, it’s time for him to live up to the promise that he’s shown over the course of the regular season the last two campaigns for the back-to-back AFC North Champions.

Last seasons 23-17 wild-card loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Jackson completed just three passes through the first three quarters, which made many to wonder if he was ever going to be able to be a pure pocket passer.

His struggles this time around again will have people asking questions. Only questions he and the team can answer.

Top Seeded Ravens Upset by Titans 28-12, Season Comes to Stunning End in Playoff Setback

From Fox News:

The Tennessee Titans fear no one. Not even the NFL’s best team.

Why should they with Derrick Henry running — and even throwing — the ball, and a big-play defense making clutch stops and turnovers?

One week after dominating defending Super Bowl champion New England, Henry gained 195 yards rushing and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass in a 28-12 victory over the Ravens. Baltimore (14-3) had won its last 12 games, with quarterback Lamar Jackson setting records and looking unstoppable.

On Saturday night, it was Henry who was unstoppable.

Plus, Tennessee’s defense had two interceptions of Jackson, who also lost a fumble, and the Titans (11-7) twice stopped Baltimore on fourth-and-1.

Henry’s jump-pass to Corey Davis displayed yet another of his skills. He has completed three throws in four attempts in his career.

But it’s the way he plows over and through opponents that makes Henry — and the Titans — dangerous. Next week, they will go after their second Super Bowl trip and first since the 2000 season, either at Kansas City or Houston. The last sixth seed to get to the big game was Green Bay in the 2010 season; the Packers won it all.

Tennessee scored all of its points off takeaways or fourth-down stops.

Ryan Tannehill’s throws to Jonnu Smith and Kalif Raymond, who missed the last two games in concussion protocol, gave Tennessee a 14-point edge.