Seattle Seahawks: Dream trade targets to fix the pass rush

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Matt Judon, OLB, Baltimore Ravens

I’m not sure why, but Matt Judon is still one of the most underrated edge rushers in the NFL.

Franchise tagged by the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, Judon is believed to be on the block as the team looks to get its future financials in order. They already acquired Calais Campbell back in March, and have other players like Pernell McPhee, Tyus Bowser and Jaylon Ferguson on the roster. If the right offer comes across general manager Eric DeCosta’s desk, you better believe he’ll at least consider pulling the trigger.

Honestly, Judon is my favorite (and most realistic) option for the Seahawks to acquire. Not only is he an outstanding playmaker on the edge (186 tackles, 28.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles since 2016), but he’s a humble rising star who plays with a chip on his shoulder. He doesn’t come with Ngakoue’s baggage and prides himself on outplaying his small-school, fifth-round-pick pedigree.

On top of that, I don’t see him commanding the outlandish salary that other elite options will when he becomes a free agent in 2021. Re-signing him won’t come cheap, but I don’t imagine him being the type of player who insists on resetting the market.

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The Baltimore defense was outstanding a season ago, and Judon played an underrated-but-undeniable role in its weekly dominance. Grabbing him from the Ravens and inserting him into a key role would do wonders for the Seahawks in 2020 and beyond.