Grade the Trade: B/R proposes Ravens Hail Mary attempt for Matt Judon

Could the Ravens actually land Judon in a trade?
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The Baltimore Ravens are planning on entering the 2024 season with Odafe Oweh and Kyle Van Noy as the projected starting edge rushers and the 1-2 punch of rookie Adisa Isaac and David Ojabo as the backups. There's still room for one more impact player, like former Ravens stud Matt Judon, if Eric DeCosta wants to make a move.

Judon is currently on a New England Patriots team that is going nowhere fast, and the new front office could look to offload him to a contender as they stockpile draft picks and try to build a young core around Drake Maye. Could a Baltimore return be in order?

While any talk of a Judon move must come with the added disclaimer that he has not requested a trade and is not trying to demand as such by missing the first day of OTAs in New England, DeCosta should still have a trade package lined up just in case things start to go south over there.

Bleacher Report's collection of trade packages for players who are in need of a fresh includes Judon, as he is getting flipped back to his old running mates in Baltimore. The Ravens might be able to pull this off without making too many egregious asset forfeitures.

Grade the Trade: Ravens bring Matt Judon back to Baltimore in B/R Proposal

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The Ravens' championship window will be open as long as Lamar Jackson is under center. However, when looking at how uncommonly deep the rest of the AFC around them has become, DeCosta might need to be more willing to part with late-round picks for short-term upgrades.

While adding seventh-rounders might not seem too consequential at first glance, they could the Ravens add depth right before big names like Kyle Hamilton and Tyler Linderbaum become eligible for contract extensions. The big get here is Judon, who is a starter that can be acquired without giving up a pick in the first four rounds.

Judon has recorded 32 sacks in 38 games with the Patriots, showing that the right scheme can turn him into an elite performer who can be trusted to be one of the focal points of any team's front seven.

If the Ravens have an opportunity to acquire someone who could start right away for two Day 3 picks that will likely be burned on seldom-used depth pieces, DeCosta should not hesitate to make this move. What better way to slow down Patrick Mahomes than by getting pressure around the edge consistently?

Grade: A-