With Free agency quickly approaching, there are several potential Matt Judon landing spots. Matt Judon has spent five seasons as a member of the Baltimore Ravens after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In his five seasons, Judon has recorded 34.5 sacks and 54 tackles for loss, earning his way to a pair of Pro Bowls. Only ten other players have reached all three of those landmarks: Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, Calais Campbell, Cameron Jordan, Von Miller, Joey Bosa, Ryan Kerrigan, T.J. Watt, Danielle Hunter, and Chandler Jones. However, Judon is a free agent, and he is likely to leave.
Matt Judon Landing Spots No. 1: New York Jets
The Jets have lacked a star edge rusher since the days of John Abraham. Judon, while not a superstar like Abraham was, increases New York’s pass-rushing floor. The Jets only had four players get to 30 pressures in 2020, a. number that Judon has hit in each of the last four seasons. Judon would be an upgrade over the likes of Tarell Basham and Jordan Jenkins, and he is a proven commodity unlike the prospects the Jets could approach with the No. 23 pick in the upcoming draft.
According to Spotrac, the Jets are third in cap space with over $65 million available.
Matt Judon Landing Spots No. 2: Miami Dolphins
Judon’s 46 total pressures would have ranked second on the Dolphins in 2020. While Miami has a terrific secondary with stars Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, the defensive front needs more talent. Miami would be a great fit for Judon as they would ask him to be the secondary pass-rusher to Emmanuel Ogbah. Judon is also productive against the run and would likely be among the better graded edge defenders against the run in Miami.
According to Spotrac, the Dolphins are eighth in cap space with over $25 million available.
Matt Judon Landing Spots No. 3: Indianapolis Colts
DeForest Buckner is a menace on the interior of the Indianapolis defensive line. However, outside of Buckner, the production lies in the hands of Denico Autry and Justin Houston. Houston could leave in free agency, and Judon could fill his role well. Similar to Miami, Judon could come to a situation and not be the No. 1 pass rusher. Judon is also more equipped to defend the run while players such as Autry and Houston are consistently average to below-average run defenders.
In a defense with two superstars (Buckner and Darius Leonard), Judon could quietly produce and still play for a Lombardi every season.
According to Spotrac, the Colts are second in cap space with over $68 million available.
Matt Judon Landing Spots No. 4: Tennessee Titans
The Jadeveon Clowney and Vic Beasley experiments were colossal failures. Harold Landry is a well-rounded edge, but the stretch of the inconsistent Tennessee defense is Jeffery Simmons. Simmons would be the star pass rusher from the interior while Landry and Judon could do work on the outside. Tennessee ranked among the worst in the NFL in terms of pure sack totals, and the addition of Judon could add both pressure and sack volume.
According to Spotrac, the Titans are 20th in cap space, over the cap by $8 million.
Odds Judon Stays in Baltimore:
Baltimore, in its own right, has an inconsistent pass rush. Judon led the shoddy group with 46 pressures across 16 games although Yannick Ngakoue only played in 11 and had a higher PFF pass-rushing grade. Both Judon and Ngakoue are free agents, and the Ravens could be in an ugly situation if both of them leave. Alternatively, if both stay, the Ravens would have few available funds to improve the rest of the team. Judon's surface production could warrant a payday, but his pressure and sack numbers could just be a function of the Ravens blitz-heavy defense.
Baltimore could go after other players in free agency or the draft, but Judon would be missed.
According to Spotrac, the Ravens are 11th in cap space with over $19 million available.
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