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3 Most Likely Matt Judon Free Agent Destinations

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Divisional Round - Tennessee Titans v Baltimore Ravens
Divisional Round - Tennessee Titans v Baltimore Ravens / Todd Olszewski/Getty Images
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Following a disappointing Divisional Round exit from the NFL Playoffs, Baltimore Ravens edge rusher Matt Judon may be moving on as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The strongside SAM backer saw his Pro Football Focus grade drop to 59.4 after posting a 70.5 PFF grade the year prior.

Judon had 21 QB hits and 6 sacks in 2020, which was down from 33 QB hits and 9.5 sacks in 2019. The Ravens 2016 fifth-round pick should still fetch a big deal on the open market, though, as teams hope he can return to his 2019 form.

Here are three free-agent destinations that could be fits for Judon this offseason.

3. Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills could add depth or competition to strongside linebacker Matt Milano, who finished a distant third in team tackles at the linebacker position in 2020 with 45. That included 35 solo tackles and 3.5 sacks, though he only played in 10 games. Buffalo's pass-rushing unit needs a boost, as the Bills finished No. 15 in sacks (38), No. 14 in sack rate (6.2%) and T-No. 22 in pressure rate (21.0%). Judon could give this defense the shot in the arm it needs.

2. Cincinnati Bengals

Joining a division rival with some upside and in need of sacks could be an option for Judon. The Cincinnati Bengals finished in he bottom quartile of the league in 2020 allowing 389.2 yards per game. The Bengals were last in the league with 17 sacks and among the very worst in run defense allowing 148.0 per game at 5.1 yards per rush. Ex-Ravens LB Josh Bynes came over to the Bengals from Baltimore last offseason and finished third in the team in total tackles with 99, which was best of all linebackers. But this team clearly needs to add a premier pass-rusher, and Judon certainly fits the bill.

1. Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns had a special season in making the playoffs for the first time since 2002. But the Browns defense in 2020 was the weakness and allowed 358.4 yards per game. Defensive coordinator Joe Woods wants athletic, physical and run-to-the-ball linebackers, and 2019 draft pick Sione Takitaki showed he was athletic with range while starting in 2020 at SAM. He finished fifth on the team in total tackles and second at linebacker behind B.J. Goodson, who came over from Green Bay and led the team with 91 total tackles. But DE Olivier Vernon tore his Achilles after finishing with 9.0 sacks in 2020, so this team will likely need to add a pass-rusher to pair with Myles Garrett. Judon would be a solid option there.


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