BREAKING NEWS: Baltimore Ravens Keeping All-Pro After 13 Sack Season.!

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The Baltimore Ravens made a move to keep a key part of their 2023 defense around for the upcoming season. The Ravens could not come to terms with Justin Madubuike following a season where the defensive tackle recorded 13 sacks in the regular season.

The Baltimore Ravens are looking to keep the defense loaded

BREAKING: Baltimore Ravens Keeping All-Pro After 13 Sack Season
Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Justin Madubuike (92) against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens needed Madubuike on the defensive line for the 2024 season as the team looks to take the next step from the AFC Championship game appearance and make a run for the Super Bowl.

The Ravens are keeping Madubuike via the franchise tag

BREAKING: Baltimore Ravens Keeping All-Pro After 13 Sack Season
Nov 7, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin (83) tackled by Baltimore Ravens tackle Justin Madubuike (92) after his catch at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
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Per Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network, the Ravens used the franchise tag on Madubuike for the 2024 season. The tag will cost the Ravens $22.1 million. Both parties appear interested in negotiating a long-term deal.

The #Ravens have now officially franchise tagged DT Justin Madubuike following his breakout season, and he’s locked in for $22.1M. The two sides have discussed a long-term deal. pic.twitter.com/b3gXAmLt7U

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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2024

A breakout 2023 season for the rising DT star

BREAKING: Baltimore Ravens Keeping All-Pro After 13 Sack Season
Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA Ravens defensive tackle Justin Madubuike (92) reacts against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The former third-round pick had a breakout season in 2023. Madubuike had 8.5 sacks in his first three seasons in the NFL before adding 13 for the 2023 campaign. Madubuike also added 12 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles last season.

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