The Baltimore Ravens had a strong regular season, finishing 13-4 and earning the AFC’s top seed. The Ravens defense was one of the league’s best, with defensive tackle Justin Madubuike and linebacker Patrick Queen both enjoying Pro Bowl seasons. However, as is the case every offseason, personnel changes, and both Madubuike and Queen are free agents who are likely to command high salaries.
Madubuike had a career-best season, leading Baltimore in sacks (13.0), quarterback hits (33), and tackles for loss (12). His market value is $20.3 million APY. Queen and Roquan Smith created a formidable linebacker combo, and his market worth is a cool $18.5 APY, according to spotrac.com. That is a lot of money invested in two players, but Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta says the organization has a plan for the defensive combo as free agency nears.
“We’ll have all those decisions, I think made at some point coming soon, we don’t have a lot of time,” DeCosta was quoted as saying. “But we’ll make those judgments in the following weeks and know what’s best for us to do; we haven’t just started thinking about it, clearly. It’s something we’ve been thinking about. I believe Justin had a terrific year, as did Patrick Queen; those two players obviously had great seasons as Pro Bowlers, and we’ll have a strong plan in place for them.”
Madubuike stated that he wants to remain in Baltimore but “business is business” and Queen solidifying himself as one of the premier linebackers in football, the Ravens have some decisions to make. Related: ‘Business is Business!’ Ravens’ Justin Madubuike One of 23 Pending Free Agents for Baltimore It is hoped that both will return in 2024 and be key members of the Ravens defense that was a nightmare for opposing offenses last season
Madubuike claimed that he wants to stay in Baltimore, but “business is business” and Queen solidifying himself as one of the best linebackers in football, the Ravens must make some decisions. Ravens’ Justin Madubuike: ‘Business is Business!’ One of 23 pending free agents in Baltimore. It is hoped that both will return in 2024 and become significant players of the Ravens defense, which was a nightmare for opposition offenses last season.
And if Ravens supporters are concerned about the present scenario with Madubuike and Queen, DeCosta has a “good” plan to potentially keep both.