Ravens elect not to use franchise tag on Judon or Ngakoue initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Essentially the most generally talked about want for the Ravens getting into this offseason — and most offseasons, actually — is at vast receiver. However their most underrated want is at move rusher, and that was compounded Tuesday afternoon after they selected to not use the franchise tag on their two star free brokers.
Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue have been two of the larger names throughout the NFL to not be tagged this offseason, that means they are going to be unrestricted free brokers.
This choice by the Ravens does not essentially assure each gamers shall be transferring on to new cities this offseason, however it does make clear that the most important gap on the staff’s roster is now at OLB.
Baltimore has gotten by defensively with an elite secondary and unique blitz packages from coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, however followers have nonetheless grown impatient with a subpar move rush. The Ravens’ incapability to generate stress with out blitzing has burned them on a number of events, particularly in opposition to reigning AFC champion Kansas Metropolis.
Judon is the extra well-rounded participant, a superb run defender who nonetheless generates a number of stress regardless of by no means topping 10.0 sacks in a season. Ngakoue, is the extra pure pass-rusher, although he did not make fairly the affect Baltimore anticipated when buying and selling for him halfway by means of the 2020 season.
The Ravens additionally could lose Tyus Bowser this offseason, that means former third-round decide Jaylon Ferguson is the one exterior linebacker presently below contract for the 2021 season.