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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens expect Marshal Yanda back in 2019 and for years to come

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens expect Marshal Yanda back in 2019 and for years to come

We're three weeks away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. The Ravens are expecting Marshal Yanda to be back in purple and black in 2019. During Tuesday's pre-draft press conference, general manager Eric DeCosta said he would like to have Yanda around for years to come.

“We love Marshal,” DeCosta said. “We'd love to see Marshal continue to play for us for years. He's a great player that's still playing at a high level.”

The seven-time Pro Bowler is entering the final year of his contract. 

2. Could a Mark Ingram-Josh Jacobs running back tandem be in the Ravens' future? NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported the Ravens were hosting Jacobs and Damien Harris this week, both products of Alabama.  Several draft pundits have the Ravens taking Jacobs at No. 22. Ingram went to visit his fellow Alabama football alum ahead of the draft.

3. The Ravens landed at No. 13 on ESPN's post-free agency power rankings. ESPN's Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley's reasoning behind their placement was simple, "departures dent defense."

4. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both have the Ravens taking a center in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in their latest mock drafts. Kiper has the Ravens taking Texas A&M center Erik McCoy, while McShay has them picking N.C. State center Garrett Bradbury.

5. The NFL draft is just three weeks away and the Ravens will be hosting several events to get you in the spirit. The free events will happen on Day One and Day Three of the draft in the Baltimore area. Click here to learn more. 


Looking Ahead:

April 15: Voluntary OTAs may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

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Edge rusher Matthew Judon and Ravens agree to compromise on franchise tag

Edge rusher Matthew Judon and Ravens agree to compromise on franchise tag

What position Matthew Judon plays makes a bit of a difference when it comes to how much the NFL says he’s worth. In fact, it’s about two million dollars of difference.

If Judon was classified as a defensive end, he’d make $17.788 million on the franchise tag. If he was a linebacker, he’d make $15.828 million. 

Judon’s position as an edge rusher means he’s a bit of a hybrid, so that’s exactly what he and the Ravens agreed to. Judon will make $16.808 million next season, the average of both salaries, the team announced on Friday.

Now, the Ravens and Judon can continue negotiations on a long-term contract until July 15, at which point he’ll play under the franchise tag and be forced to wait until the end of the 2020 season. 

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Judon, who had 9.5 sacks last season, will be 28 years old when the season begins. He’ll likely start opposite Jaylon Ferguson, a 2019 third-round pick who had 2.5 sacks in his rookie season. 

If the Ravens agree to a long-term deal with Judon, it will likely be the first in a line of many long-term contracts to come on a team loaded with young talent. That deal would likely allow the Ravens to spread out his cap hit over multiple seasons and increase the likelihood of re-signing other future free agents on the roster.

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John Harbaugh explains how the Ravens plan to use first-round linebacker Patrick Queen

John Harbaugh explains how the Ravens plan to use first-round linebacker Patrick Queen

The Ravens hit a home run in the NFL draft when Patrick Queen fell to them at 28th overall. 

Queen, likely the best player in the draft available when the Ravens picked, filled the biggest position of need for the Ravens at inside linebacker. 

The question now, though, is how he’ll be used. 

“Patrick Queen will probably be... we’ll play him probably at MIKE [linebacker] for the most part, right there in the middle,” Harbaugh said on a Thursday conference call with Ravens season-ticket holders. “We’ll let him use his speed and instincts to run around and make plays at all three phases. He’ll be a three-down guy, both in our base package and our sub package.”

Queen made 85 tackles last season at LSU, his only season as a starter. The Ravens loved his ability to play sideline-to-sideline; his coverage ability dictates keeping him on the field for all three downs. 

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The Ravens have L.J. Fort, Otaro Alaka, Chris Board and Jake Ryan as some veteran help on the inside as well, but they’ve got another talented rookie in Malik Harrison. 

At Ohio State, Harrison registered 75 tackles in 2019 and had 16.5 tackles for loss. Even at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, Harrison is still an athletic linebacker who can provide big hits and run defense, and perhaps even his underrated coverage skills.

“Malik ... we’ll probably start him off at WILL [linebacker] in the base package, but he’ll probably be repping in the base package at MIKE,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll flip those guys around. We move those guys back and forth.”

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