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Ravens TE Hayden Hurst reportedly traded to Falcons for second and fifth-round picks

Ravens TE Hayden Hurst reportedly traded to Falcons for second and fifth-round picks

The Ravens have traded tight end Hayden Hurst and a fourth-round pick to the Falcons for second and fifth round selections, according to a report from ESPN. 

Hurst was a productive tight end for the Ravens, but was stuck behind Mark Andrews on the depth chart. Even in an offense that favors tight ends, Hurst was the odd-man out in a situation that meant the Ravens had some wiggle room.

In 2019, he posted 349 receiving yards on 30 catches. He scored two touchdowns and had the fifth-most targets on the team.

 

The Falcons needed a tight end after they lost out on Austin Hooper, who went to the Browns early in the legal tampering period of free agency. Hooper signed a four-year, 44 million dollar contract.

Now, the Ravens will have nine draft picks in next month’s draft, five of which will come in the first three rounds. They’ve also got two fourth-round picks, one fifth-round pick and one seventh-round pick.

The Ravens have Andrews and Nick Boyle — who they herald as the best blocking tight end in the NFL — on the depth chart still at tight end. 

And with such a deep and talented draft class at wide receiver, the move signals the Ravens are certainly in the market for another pass-catcher.

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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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