Ravens star predicted to make $50 million-plus in 2024

Ravens star predicted to make $50 million-plus in 2024

The Baltimore Ravens have multiple players that are in the middle of career years. These career years just happen to coincide with their contract years and have helped the Ravens to a 9-3 record.

 

 

One of those players is star linebacker Patrick Queen, and according to Bleacher Report’s Ryan Fowler, he deserves a contract extension before the end of the season.

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, the Ravens put themselves in this tough spot when it comes to Queen. “Baltimore selected Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson on Day 2 in April’s NFL draft and declined Queen’s fifth-year option on his rookie contract,” according to Fowler.

The Ravens could have had Queen for a fifth year and given themselves an additional year of his service. Instead, Queen is in the midst of a breakout season and is part of the best linebacking duos in the NFL without a contract.

 

 

According to Fowler, “Baltimore doesn’t have a ton of cap space to play with, and Justin Madubuike also deserves new money”.

 

 

 

 

“But a three-year, $50.7 million offer could see Queen align with Smith in the middle of the Ravens’ defense for years to come.” Queen has become a leader and favorite amongst fans and teammates. General Manager Eric DeCosta has been vocal about wanting to get a contract extension done with the linebacker.

But it is unclear how much the Ravens will be willing to pay. Queen was drafted by the Ravens 28th overall during the 2020 NFL draft and has been a tackling machine in his short career.

The LSU product has gone over 100 combined tackles three out of four years (coming 2 tackles short in 2021). The linebacker has taken his game to another level since 2022 though.

“Working alongside Roquan Smith, they have looked like the best linebacking tandem in all of football,” Fowler says. The addition of Smith has seemingly unlocked another level of talent that most fans and evaluators believed Queen had but just had not put together yet.

Fowler calls Queen “an anchor in the middle for the NFL‘s top defense.” Queen’s 2022 was graded by Pro Football Focus at a “70.0 overall.”

For reference, his 2020 grade was a “29.7 overall” and 2021 was a “43.5 overall.” He took a massive step in 2022 and put up 117 combined tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 passes defended, 5.0 sacks and 14 quarterback hits.

Ravens star predicted to make $50 million-plus in 2024

His 2023 season has been even better. PFF grades the fourth-year linebacker at “74.7 overall,” good enough for 23 out of 79 amongst linebackers. In 12 games this season, the linebacker already has 102 combined tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4 passes defended, and 8 tackles for loss.

Assuming he plays the full season (Queen has never missed a game in his career) he should set career highs in multiple statistics.

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