Late for Work 11/19: What Pundits Expect in Ravens-Bears Matchup

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Judon, who went to 2 Pro Bowls right through his 5 seasons in Baltimore, signed a four-year handle the Patriots this offseason for a reported $56 million.

Did the Ravens make a mistake in now not re-signing him? It’s now not a easy solution, Ebony Bird’s Justin Fried wrote.

“The Ravens wanted Judon back, and Judon wanted to come back,” Fried wrote. “But in a salary-cap-driven league, just because two sides want the same thing, doesn’t mean it actually gets done.”

Fried stated that given the Ravens’ loss of salary-cap flexibility, it is most likely for the most efficient that they did not re-sign him on the essential value level.

“Judon’s cap hit explodes to $16.5 million in 2022 and 2023 with no feasible out until 2023 or 2024. That’s a lot of money to be tied into a player who will turn 30-years-old next August,” Fried wrote. “With the Ravens taking a look forward to extensions for gamers like Bradley Bozeman, DeShon Elliott, and, after all, Lamar Jackson within the close to long run, having Judon’s contract at the books would prohibit them much more than they already are.

“There’s also the notion that Judon’s production likely wouldn’t be the same if he was still in Baltimore. Sacks are rarely the best indication of a player’s pass-rush success, and the analytics would indicate that Judon’s pass-rush productivity hasn’t increased much since his departure.”

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