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Matthew Judon hints that his future with Ravens is not in his court

Matthew Judon hints that his future with Ravens is not in his court

One of the biggest offseason storylines surrounding the Ravens is whether defensive lineman Matthew Judon will return to Baltimore or not.

The 28-year-old had a career-best season for the Ravens a year ago, finishing with 9.5 sacks, 54 tackles and 33 quarterback hits. Judon is an unrestricted free agent and expected to have plenty of teams bidding for his services.

On Wednesday, one Ravens fan tweeted at the defensive lineman, begging him not to leave the Charm City. Judon responded, and his reply hinted that the Ravens are not offering him the contract he wants.

In January, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team was focused on bringing Judon back. But over a month later, neither side has been able to agree to a long-term contract.

Placing the franchise tag on Judon is another option, one that would cost Baltimore nearly $20 million.

Last year, the Ravens saw Za'Darius Smith walk in free agency, and the pass rusher had a career-high 13.5 sacks this season in Green Bay. 

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Lamar Jackson works out with free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown

Lamar Jackson works out with free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown

Lamar Jackson created a buzz throughout the entire 2019 season with his play on the field. 

Recently, he’s created a buzz off the field, too. 

Jackson took pictures with, and was filmed throwing to, free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown earlier Wednesday. The videos and pictures floated across social media and initiated a bit of a stir.

Ravens wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, who is cousins with Antonio Brown, was also attending the workouts. 

Antonio, who is 31, was cut by the Patriots after Week 2 last season. He is being investigated by the NFL for allegations of sexual assault against his trainer, Britney Taylor, who alleged that Antonio sexually assaulted her in 2017 and 2018. She also claims that in 2018, she was raped by Antonio. 

Antonio has denied all allegations against him and has countersued Taylor for defamation.

The link to the Ravens and Antonio Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler, is a clear one, as the Ravens are widely expected to make at least one upgrade in their receiving corps in the NFL Draft later this month. 

While the workouts happened on Wednesday, they might not continue for much longer. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order, effective Thursday at midnight.

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Mark Andrews both excited, and sad, about Hayden Hurst’s trade to Atlanta

Mark Andrews both excited, and sad, about Hayden Hurst’s trade to Atlanta

Mark Andrews is in a unique situation with his friend Hayden Hurst. 

He’s happy that Hurst will finally get his chance to be a No. 1 tight end in Atlanta and earn the targets he wasn’t able to receive in Baltimore.

There also won’t be the same relationship between Andrews and Hurst, and fellow tight end Nick Boyle, anymore. 

The three-headed monster was inseparable in the locker room, incredibly productive on the field and one of the brightest spots for the NFL’s best regular season team in 2019. Now, one-third of the group is gone. 

“I think, first of all, it was kind of a shock for me,” Andrews said Tuesday during a conference call. “And selfishly, Hayden being one of my best friends and being someone that I talk to every day and I'm super close with, I'm sad. I'm sad that I won't be able to have him next year, I won't be able to talk to him next year as much, but I'm also excited for him. I'm excited for him to get more of an opportunity with Atlanta.”

Hurst was shipped to Atlanta in mid-March to give the Ravens some much-needed draft capital. It also gave Hurst, a first-round pick in 2018, a chance to be a true No. 1 tight end threat.

The trade gave the Ravens the 55th overall pick in the NFL Draft later this month, as well as a fifth-round pick in exchange for Hurst and a fourth-round pick.

Last season, Hurst posted 349 yards receiving on 30 receptions with two touchdowns. Those numbers ranked fifth on the team in receptions and third in yards.

With Hurst out of the fold, Andrews, Marquise Brown and perhaps a few new offensive additions in the draft will have to pick up the load Hurst left behind.

“He's a great player,” Andrews said. “I love him to death, but it's exciting for him as well. But, firstly, I'm sad. I know Nick is sad. The three-headed monster kind of got broken up a little bit, but again, we're going to be just fine. Nick and I, we'll do our jobs, and then, obviously, we're going to find someone else to help us out.” 

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