The Jacksonville Jaguars need to bolster their pass rush.
The Ravens have a penchant for finding impact linebackers in the draft. It seems like they lose one every other year, plug another one and their defense doesn’t seem to lose a step. Two seasons ago, it was Za’Darius Smith, and now is Matt Judon.
It was reported the 2016 fifth-round pick was looking for a contract that paid him $20 million per year, but he quickly denied it on social media. Judon may not see that amount of money due to the reduced salary cap in 2021 but he should still get a big contract in free agency.
Last season, the Ravens placed the franchise tag on Judon after failing to reach a long-term deal. In the last two years, he’s logged 15.5 sacks, 104 total tackles (23 for a loss), and four forced fumble. He isn’t a top-tier linebacker but could join the Jaguars’ front seven and make an impact right out of the gate.
Jacksonville has to err on the side of caution on this one though. The team’s brass needs to set a budget and if Judon’s asking price becomes too high, they should pass. Just because they have plenty of cap space doesn’t mean they need to be reckless and as good as the linebacker is.