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Ravens News 1/27: Trade interest in Judon and more

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Sources: Ravens’ Matthew Judon expected to draw offseason trade interest - Adam Schefter

Ravens defensive end Matthew Judon is a candidate for Baltimore’s franchise tag and trade inquiries from other teams, league sources tell ESPN, potentially continuing the recent trend of offseason trades featuring high-profile pass rushers.

Other teams have noticed the impacts that Dee Ford and Frank Clark have had in San Francisco and Kansas City, respectively, and a contending team could try to pry Judon loose from the Ravens.

Judon is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason, and the Ravens would like to bring him back, but they also are likely to listen if another team expresses interest in trading for him, according to sources.

NFL teams have proven they’re willing to pay handsomely for pass rushers in trades...

Pro Bowl 2020 score: AFC wins fourth straight all-star clash as Lamar Jackson named Offensive MVP - Cody Benjamin

Ravens run the day

The Ravens had an NFL-best 13 players represented at the Pro Bowl, and their presence was definitely felt on Sunday. QB Lamar Jackson, the game’s Offensive MVP, didn’t show off his trademark speed a whole lot, rushing only twice against the NFC, but he led his conference with 185 yards through the air, as well as two touchdown passes. RB Mark Ingram was relatively quiet but still got a few touches, while Mark Andrews set a Pro Bowl record for catches by a tight end with nine for 73 yards and a score. DB Marlon Humphrey, meanwhile, led the AFC in tackles while on the field.

Lamar Jackson’s Star Power Will Help Recruit - John Eisenberg

He might not have led the Ravens to the Super Bowl this year, but he is the star among stars at the Pro Bowl, and that isn’t just a nice consolation prize. It should help the Ravens. Players are going to want to come here, team up with Jackson, be part of the show.

Baltimore has long been an appealing destination for free agents because the Ravens operate sensibly as an organization, practice in a state-of-the-art facility, spend to the salary cap limit and win games. Not every team checks all of those boxes.

When veteran nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. signed with the Ravens in November, he said, “I get to play with Lamar Jackson. That’s freaking awesome. It’s a great time to be in Baltimore.”



The only player that was able to stonewall Javon Kinlaw in the one-on-one periods was Cushenberry. He declared as a graduating junior after the Tigers won the National Championship and then accepted his invite to the Senior Bowl to prove to scouts he is the top center in the 2020 class. He did just that, and I believe he might have been the best offensive lineman in practice, pound for pound, in Mobile. His combination of hand quickness, mobility and lower-body strength to anchor down makes him the best pass protecting center in this class. Those traits were on full display against a player like Kinlaw. After Kinlaw was forced to leave in the middle of the week because of injury, Cushenberry cruised past the rest of the defensive lineman in the drills, rarely getting beat in any further reps. It was a lights-out performance for quite possibly the top center in this year’s draft.

All-time Super Bowl QB rankings: Patrick Mahomes cracks top 30 - Gregg Rosenthal

Middle of the pack

47) Joe Flacco (1-0 with Ravens)

59) Trent Dilfer (1-0 with Ravens)

Chandler and Flacco both get credit for grinding through over 150 starts, although Flacco has never made a Pro Bowl or been solidly among the top 10 quarterbacks.