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Matthew Judon Signs With New England Patriots

Longtime NFL veteran Matthew Judon is no longer a free agent. The pass rusher spent the 2020 season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Matthew Judon

Longtime NFL veteran Matthew Judon signed a new contract with the New England Patriots. Judon spent the first five seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens.

Update: It’s a four-year, $56 million deal for the former Baltimore Raven

Matthew Judon Signs Contract With New England Patriots

In the 2020 Season, Matthew Judon played fourteen games for the Baltimore Ravens. During those games, he recorded six sacks (one safety), fifty total tackles, nine tackles for loss, and 21 quarterback hits. In addition, he had two passes defended. During the Ravens’ 11-5 playoff berth season, Judon was a starter at the outside linebacker position, playing on a franchise tag.

Judon was franchise tagged after the 2019 season, after completing his rookie contract of four years, $2.49 Million. His franchise tag gave him a one year, $16.808 Million salary for his play in the 2020 season.

In the four seasons he played with the Ravens before the 2020 season, Judon accounted for 28.5 sacks, averaging about seven per season. Judon has made the pro bowl twice in his career, once in the 2019 season when he recorded 9.5 sacks, and another time after his 2020 season with his six sacks, as mentioned before.

Matthew Judon was selected with the 146th overall pick of the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at Grand Valley State University. As a Division II college football player with injury history in his college career, he fell to the fifth round of the draft due to concerns teams had about him in these areas. However, Judon has since been a starter for the Ravens and has been a fairly productive starter for them.

Prior to his NFL Career, Judon attended the NFL Combine. Several scouting reports from Judon’s combine and Pro Day acknowledge that Judon displayed great athleticism. However, as mentioned before, teams were hesitant to use an early round draft pick on him due to his injury history and Division II experience, which could have affected his play at the professional level in the National Football League.

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