Reports: Patriots sign Ravens linebacker Matt Judon to four-year deal

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Reports: Patriots ink Ravens linebacker Matt Judon to four-year deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

A year after the Baltimore Ravens placed a franchise tag on outside linebacker Matthew Judon, the New England Patriots reportedly swooped in on Monday and struck a deal with the free-agent linebacker. 

The deal is reported to be worth $56 million over four years, with a whopping $32 million upfront during the first two. Judon's pass-rushing services were rewarded as New England looks to bolster its pass-rush.

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The Patriots came into free agency with the second-most cap space available and are taking full advantage. Judon has led the Ravens in sacks and quarterback pressures since becoming a starter his second season in 2017. 

The Ravens' 2016 fifth-round pick has racked up 34.5 sacks in four seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2019 and 2020. 

Judon announced the news himself on his Instagram live story, lamenting at the fact ESPN's Adam Schefter beat him to it. 

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"New England here we come," Judon said in the video.