Patriots Star Already Recruiting $98 Million Ravens Ex-Teammate

Patriots Star Already Recruiting $98 Million Ravens Ex-Teammate

Cornerback is not a tremendous area of need for Patriots free agency heading into the 2024 offseason, assuming Christian Gonzalez comes back healthy from his ACL tear



Also if Jonathan Jones starts opposite him and nickel corner Myles Bryant, a free agent, returns on a new contract.





Still, the depth of the unit could be an issue, and with that mind, perhaps, star linebacker Matthew Judon has an idea—if the Ravens release three-time Pro Bowl corner Marlon Humphrey to save on salary, the Patriots should step in and sign him up.

Responding to a post on Twitter/X suggesting that the Ravens could cut Humphrey, Judon noted that the Patriots could even give Humphrey the No. 44 he has worn for the past five seasons. “I like this move I think the patriots 44 is open,” Judon noted.



Humphrey Signed Massive New Ravens Contract in 2020

Of course, before the Patriots can land Humphrey, the Ravens would have to decide to wriggle out of the last three years of the five-year, $97.5 million contract extension that Humphrey signed with the team in 2020.



Humphrey missed seven games this season with injuries to his foot, hamstring and calf, with the last injury keeping him out of the Ravens’ first playoff game against Houston.



Patriots Star Already Recruiting $98 Million Ravens Ex-Teammate

Baltimore has an out in the contract and could let Humphrey walk as a post-June 1 cut, saving $11.8 million, as speculated by USA Today’s Ravens Wire site. It is a longshot, but that was the notion to which Judon was responding.

As Ravens Wire noted: “Still only 27 years old, Humphrey signed a 5-year contract extension with the Ravens in 2020 worth $97.5 million in new money with $40.3 million in full guarantees at signing.

Humphrey has an additional $30 million in vesting and roster bonus guarantees through the contract, bringing the total guarantee to $70.3 million.

Patriots Star Already Recruiting $98 Million Ravens Ex-Teammate

“The Ravens converted $9.42 million of salary to a bonus in 2023, creating $7.536 million in cap room. Humphrey’s cap number from 2024 to 2026 increased by $1.884 million annually. There is now an additional void year in 2027.” Humphrey would certainly have plenty of suitors if he hit free agency, including contenders that would give him a better shot at playing in the Super Bowl.

He is a three-time Pro Bowl player who has 13 career interceptions and, incredibly, forced a league-high eight fumbles in 2020. But he did play his first four seasons in the NFL with Judon in Baltimore, and Judon is already using that to recruit Humphrey.

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