Seahawks On The Verge Of Completing The Signing Of Ravens All-Pro Defensive Centerpiece As He’s Eager To Leave Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens already lost one promising player to the Seattle Seahawks when defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald accepted the head coaching position in Seattle. Now they may be in danger of losing another young player, this time linebacker Patrick Queen.

Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen is 'ready to be unleashed' after offseason  of angst - The Athletic

According to Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport, joining the Seahawks would be the “best team fit” for Queen.

Davenport stated, “It makes a ton of sense—in Queen, Macdonald would get a defensive centerpiece who is already intimately familiar with his scheme and who could wear the “green dot” helmet communicator and make the defensive play-calls.”

When asked to select “one move you want to see this offseason,” ESPN’s Field Yates also mentioned Queen and the Seahawks.

Yates went on to say, “The Queen match is particularly pertinent as Macdonald was Queen’s position coach in Baltimore early in his career.”

Both Yates and Davenport point out that Seattle could lose two crucial linebackers, Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks. “The Seahawks are struggling for cap space. “They could be hurting even more at linebacker,” Davenport explained.

The search for linebackers could be frantic and costly this offseason, since “this draft class is not deep on inside linebackers,” Yates advised.

Patrick Queen Stands to Cash in This Offseason

The Ravens set Queen on this route a year early, declining his fifth-year option in May 2023. According to OverTheCap, the Seahawks currently have no cap space available, but if they make cuts and restructure, they might make a move for the young linebacker.

“His age could also allow the Seahawks to sign a longer-term deal that affords Seattle more cap space in the short term,” Davenport said in a statement.

Queen has made over 100 total tackles in three of his four NFL seasons (98 in 2021). Davenport estimated a contract worth “four years, $71 million, $52 million guaranteed.”

According to Davenport, “Queen is coming off a career-high 133 total tackles, his 13.5 sacks in four seasons shows some A-gap pass-rushing chops, and his age will make him an attractive target.”

BR may be underestimating the market for Queen. According to Spotrac’s market value estimations, the contract is worth around $92 million over five years.

If Yates is correct in his assessment of a weak draft class, teams will be forced to bring in a young star linebacker.

Queen will only be 25 years old when the 2019 season begins, so he is just entering his peak. He has already won a Pro Bowl and been named to the All-Pro Second Team, and he was voted third-best defensive rookie in 2020.

Why Would the Ravens Let Patrick Queen Walk

For most teams, letting a 24-year-old LB walk out the door after averaging over 100 tackles each season makes little sense. However, the Ravens may need to walk away from Queen.

Davenport stated, “The Baltimore Ravens would undoubtedly like to retain Queen. But it may not be financially possible.
OverTheCap presently estimates that the Ravens will have $5.1 million in cap space before making any cuts or restructurings. The Ravens still have gaps to fill, and spending $70 to $90 million on linebackers would be imprudent.

“The team has to re-up Justin Madubuike (and others) this offseason and is already paying big-time money to an off-ball linebacker in Roquan Smith,” Davenport said.

In 2023, the Ravens signed Smith to a 5-year, $100 million contract, and adding another big-money linebacker may be superfluous. Trenton Simpson was picked in the third round by the Ravens in 2023 as a potential successor for Queen.

With such a hefty investment at linebacker, the Ravens may consider spending the money on a big-time running back or keeping breakout safety Geno Stone.

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