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Ravens' Matt Judon jokingly asks 'how's the real estate' in Kansas City after seeing Chris Jones' lucrative deal

Ravens' Matt Judon jokingly asks 'how's the real estate' in Kansas City after seeing Chris Jones' lucrative deal

Over the past two weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs have carved out two lucrative contracts. Last week, QB Patrick Mahomes signed a record $503 million deal, and on Tuesday, defensive end Chris Jones agreed to an extension with a maximum value of $85 million.

As Kansas City has taken care of its stars with nice paydays, Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon has taken notice. After seeing reports of Jones' deal, Judon sent Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu a tweet, jokingly asking "how's the real estate" in Kansas City.

Mathieu, who Kansas City signed to a three-year, $42 million deal last offseason, responded saying it's a "nice bang for ya buck."

The tweet, for all intents and purposes, was likely a joke, but there was some hidden meaning behind it. Judon, who will play the 2020 season for Baltimore under the franchise tag unless the two sides are able to agree to a long-term deal by Wednesday, has stated multiple times he believes he's earned a lucrative pay-day.

Additionally, Baltimore tagged Judon as an outside linebacker rather than a defensive end, despite him playing the majority of his snaps at DE. With this distinction, Judon was expected to earn nearly $2 million less in 2020 than had he been designated as a defensive end.

But, after hearing Judon's concerns, Baltimore decided to ante up and pay the 28-year-old a salary of $16.8 million, a number right in the middle of the two positions' franchise tender salaries.

In a Zoom conference in June, Judon said he's "blessed" to be playing under the tag.

“I’m blessed, regardless,” Judon said. “If I play under the franchise tag, or if we come to a long-term deal, I’m going to be happy regardless."

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Plus, Baltimore fans shouldn't worry. Even if Judon wanted to play in Kansas City, it's unlikely the team would be able to afford him.

In addition to Jones' lucrative deal, Kansas City just signed Frank Clark to a five-year, $104 million deal last offseason. Add in Mahomes' record deal, as well as likely future extensions for stars Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs likely don't have the money to pay Judon what he feels he deserves.

If Judon builds off his solid 2019 campaign, he'll have plenty of leverage with Baltimore come contract negotiations next spring.

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Ravens' J.K. Dobbins earns top Madden 21 rating of rookie running backs

Ravens' J.K. Dobbins earns top Madden 21 rating of rookie running backs

Baltimore Ravens rookie J.K Dobbins may have been the fifth running back taken in the 2020 NFL Draft but he’s No. 1 in the eyes of EA Sports' Madden NFL 21. In the newest rankings, Madden has the former Ohio State star as the highest-rated rookie running back in this year's edition. 

Dobbins, who earned a 75 overall rating leads the pack followed by Kansas City Chiefs’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire (74), Detroit Lions’ D’Andre Swift (74), and Indianapolis Colts’ Jonathan Taylor (73). All were selected before Dobbins in April's draft. Over three seasons at OSU, Dobbins rushed for 4,459 yards and 38 touchdowns. His speed, power and versatility as a runner and receiver in the backfield earned him this rating, but we’ll see if he lives up to being “best in class” this upcoming season.

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Where does Ravens QB Lamar Jackson rank in the Madden NFL 21 QB ratings?

Where does Ravens QB Lamar Jackson rank in the Madden NFL 21 QB ratings?

On Monday, Madden NFL 21 released their rankings for top 10 highest-rated quarterbacks for 2021. Ravens fans might not be thrilled with where NFL MVP Lamar Jackson landed, but the competition was tough. 

Leading the pack at No.1 is Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, who earned himself a 99 QB rating this week and a $503 million contract last week. Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is right behind him with a 97 overall rating, making both of them the only two QB’s with ratings over 95.

Jackson, your 2019 league MVP and this year’s Madden 21 cover athlete, comes in at number 3 in the rankings with a 94 overall rating. He's just ahead of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (93) and well ahead of new Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (90). 

Jackson made a huge jump from last season's rating when he was 76 overall, 25th among QB’s. Wondering what skill attributed to his jump to No. 3? His speed. To refresh your memory, back in November of 2019 Jackson broke Michael Vick’s Madden speed record with a 96 rating making him the fastest QB in Madden history.

Not long after that, in Baltimore against the New York Jets, Jackson broke another one of Vicks records. Surpassing 1,039 rushing yards, which is the most by a quarterback in a single season. The reigning league MVP always said he would watch Vicks highlights, but now he’s created his own highlight reel after a historic 2019 season with Baltimore. Ravens Flock is counting down the days until they can see him break some more ankles!
 

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