Matthew Judon wants to finish his career with the Patriots.

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Patriots edge rusher Matthew Judon told Dan Roche of WBZ that he would like to finish his career in New England. Judon told Roche that “I don’t ever want to leave…I want to retire here. I love it.”

Judon signed a four year, $54 million dollar contract in the spring of 2021. The deal expires after the 2025 season. Judon would like to sign an extension and finish his career in a place he feels comfortable with.

Judon has racked up 28 sacks in his first two seasons as a Patriot including a career high 15.5 last season. He has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL since his arrival in Foxboro and has been the perfect fit.

Now he is hoping to stay with the Patriots long term and given his production, it would be hard not to see the two sides working something out before Judon hits free agency.

Judon has injected life into a Patriots franchise that needed it after Tom Brady’s departure. He has become the face of the franchise and he is the team’s best player. In a time of players supposedly not wanting to play in New England anymore, it is refreshing to see an elite level talent like Judon that does.

The Patriots have no excuse. Judon wants to be here. Now it is up to Bill Belichick and company to make the numbers work. Extending Judon when the time is right is a no-brainer.