SUGGS CLAIMS HE WAS AT 35-40 PERCENT, SUGGESTS TAKING A "HOME DISCOUNT"

To the extent that Ravens linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs was engaged in a drama queen routine regarding the condition of his shoulder in the days preceding the AFC title game, the curtain still has not fallen.
On Friday, Suggs told Zig Fracassi and Jim Miller of Sirius NFL Radio that the Ravens star was only “35-40 percent” against the Steelers.
“I would say 35-40 percent healthy but you don’t miss an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl so I lined up anyway and did what I can with the one arm,” Suggs said in response to a question regarding the condition of his shoulder.
Though Suggs said he won’t need surgery, such talk could affect his value on the open market, if the Ravens opt against using the franchise tag on him for a second time.
And maybe they won’t, given a suggestion from Suggs that he and linebackers Bart Scott and Ray Lewis might give the team a “home discount.”
“We really don’t want to play without one another because we’ve been playing together for so long,” Suggs said.
“To line up and see somebody [different] behind me in my case, or lining up seeing somebody different in Bart’s case, line up with somebody next to you and it’s not one of the greatest defensive players of all time, it’s going to be kind of weird. Like I told Bart, he’s been like a big brother since I got there. This was his seventh year [and] my sixth. It’s been me, him and Adalius Thomas from Day One. We’ve already seen one of our other brothers walk. We really don’t want to see too many more of us walk away from the city of Baltimore. Hopefully we all can stay, definitely, on a home discount.”
Whether Scott and Lewis and (most importantly) any of their agents agree is a different story.
Suggs played in 2008 under a one-year franchise tender in the amount of $8.5 million, specifically negotiated to suggest his hybrid role. If the Ravens opts to use it again, they’ll have to offer Suggs a one-year deal worth 120 percent of his 2008 pay, which equates to $10.2 million.

29 responses to “SUGGS CLAIMS HE WAS AT 35-40 PERCENT, SUGGESTS TAKING A "HOME DISCOUNT"

  1. No way Baltimore can pay all of them. Suggs will hit free agency. Or at least, that’s what I’m hoping.

  2. Not the biggest Ravens fan but its nice to see that some players care about teamwork and not just money. Refreshing change of pace.

  3. So I guess Suggs would have had 5-6 sacks against the Steelers if he were 100%. Guess that makes him the one-armed bandit.
    Now if he would take a 35-40% pay cut, then maybe all three would stay put in Baltimore. Somehow, I get the feeling that Ray Lewis will spend his late summer chewing on a not-so-tough section of Tony Romo’s derriere!

  4. I find it funny that 5 ft nuffin 120 soaking wet wanna be jounalists and sport fans can call a 6ft 3in 260lbs. defensive end a “drama queen” or his actions the same.

  5. And FookFlorio, you don’t have to be bigger than someone to notice that certain players make their injuries sound worse than they are.

  6. As a bigtime Ravens fan, I would love to see all 3 LB’s stay. The reality in the NFL is that it ain’t gonna happen. Ray Ray wants to be paid like he is 28 years old and not in his 13th year. Given how he has played in the past 2 years and the great shape he is in, I could see him getting 20 million guaranteed on the open market.
    Suggs deserves whatever he can get. The guy started out as a finger in the dirt pass rusher and has turned into one of the best all around LB’s in the league. Everyone knows he can get after the QB, but no one gives him credit for run defense for which he is really undervalued. His only weakness is pass coverage and even there he isn’t bad. Best part about him is he is only 25 or 26 years old.
    Scott is a hard working guy who will get paid handsomely by someone and like Edge Hartwell, they will find out that he is a product of the system. Good player but not a difference maker. May end up at the Jets with Rex or Cleveland if Kokinis ends up as the GM.
    Realistically, I would hope to keep Ray and Suggs and let Bart make his big deal elsewhere. We have a couple of guys like Tavares Gooden and Prescott Burgess who could step in for Bart without us losing too much.
    The great thing about the NFL is the salary cap. It gives everyone a chance. The worse thing about the NFL is the salary cap. You lose the guys that you’ve worked on developing. But it beats the hell out of baseball, where anyone worth anything goes to either the Yankmees. the Red Sox, the Mets or the Dodgers.

  7. He’s lying about how bad the injury was to save face.
    Or… the Baltimore coaching staff royally screwed up playing a 30% healthy Suggs in the AFC championship game.
    Or… the Pittsburgh Steelers were the better team this time.

  8. “No way Baltimore can pay all of them. Suggs will hit free agency. Or at least, that’s what I’m hoping.”
    They can, because they don’t do anything relevant in free agency and C-Mac is getting cut which takes 10 million dollars off the books. Ray Lewis’s contract was another 10 million this year. And the salary cap has increased.

  9. How about really lowering your standards and getting 150% of your 2008 salary and playing for the Lions? We can call it a Detroit discount?

  10. F00kFl0ri0 says:
    January 24th, 2009 at 10:15 pm
    I find it funny that 5 ft nuffin 120 soaking wet wanna be jounalists and sport fans can call a 6ft 3in 260lbs. defensive end a “drama queen” or his actions the same.
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    Funny, nobody bats an eyelash when it’s done to a 6’5″ QB.
    I said before the game if Suggs took the field, after the way he talked up his injury, that he would be in fact THE drama queen. Didn’t look to crippled when he blew in and sacked Ben. And now after all that boo-boo talk, he doesn’t even need surgery? You’d think he was up for an arm transplant the way he went on all week before the game.
    And a challenge to all the Ravens fans who’ll whine now — find me one quote where Ben has talked up an injury like that before he’s played in a game. One quote, with link. I dare ya.

  11. Love all the Ravens haters out there. Sorry to disappoint you but the Ravens are in great shape cap wise next year and can easily sign all their free agents if they so choose. After they cut Chris McAllister they will be over 30 million under the cap. This interview from Suggs, along with what Ray has been saying, proves they are serious about staying and winning the Superbowl next year. I can see how that upsets and scares the Steelers and Titans fans but you’ll be even more upset when we have Boldin for Flacco to throw to.
    Frank Burns, if you watched the game you know that Suggs was hurt. He couldn’t even lift his arm over his head and winced after every sack. He didn’t even celebrate the sacks because he was in pain. Little Jen is a nancy boy who talks after the game how he played with a hangnail and braved through it to win the game.
    Funny how all the Steelers fans feel a need to come on here and still talk about beating the Ravens. Don’t you have a game coming up next weekend to worry about? Sounds like some kind of insecurity to me.

  12. kingj228 says:
    January 24th, 2009 at 11:25 pm
    T Sissy is more like it! 35 to 40 percent mental I believe but definitely 100% drama queen.
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    TSissy — nice!
    You win the nickname of the week award.

  13. P.S. He’s cool though for even suggesting the hometown discount. Rare when you hear a player do that.

  14. I was only at 35% when I posted this, so it is kind of lame. But it is better than the next poster because he/she/it is not as good as (.35 * me).

  15. Any other team that needs a cheap shot artist would be wise to pick up Gums, he is a good one.
    He’ll be working third shift garage door assembly soon enough.

  16. If Suggs really was only 35049 percent, then he cheated his team by playing. Sure he doesn’t want to miss a playoff game, but if that shoulder was really that bad, shame on him for being so selfish and putting his team in peril of not being able to beat the Steelers. I don’t even know who his replacement would have been, but even an UDFA would have been better than Suggs at 35%, if he really were that bad…
    Suggs has no one to blame but himself for the Ravens loss, if in fact he really was that hurt…
    Seriously, I saw the game and the Steelers simply got hot and beat them, again…Suggs or no Suggs…stop making excuses, guys, your better than that…

  17. Mr football please lol keep the team together or not they still didnt do anything this year but lose 3 times to the Steelers . Yes we have a big game next weekend . For now though we can concentrate on idiots like you …………
    Remember all 3 wont be back . Go look at the free agents you have . The steelers are sound and will be its base team intact for the next 5 years . Get some good lineman in the draft and maybe a cheap free agent and we are set . What about you ? Old recivers and an aging D . Not a good sign .

  18. Frank Burns eats worms. Give it a break moron. If you bothered to watch the game you would have seen that he played hurt. He beat your right tackle using one arm. You are a freaking joke. No change, not that I would expect it. You just can’t given anyone credit for anything because you are so insecure you think it demeans you and your Squealers. The blog is about Suggs and a hometown discount. We don’t care about the Squealers. The game is over. You won. Move on. For you, crawl back into your hole for another week and then come out for the Superbowl like the weasel that Frank Burns is.

  19. “g-x123 says:
    January 24th, 2009 at 10:30 pm
    At some point you need to realize that the backup, who ever he is, could do a better job at 100% despite not being a starter.”
    I think it’s funny how all the haters jump on to criticize without really thinking through the facts. First, the Ravens had so many injuries this year that the fall-off from Suggs to the next option was immense. Edgar Jones was next man up, and he wears number 84 because he’s officially listed as a tight end. Or, Marques Douglas, who is a defensive tackle — not a rush end — who the team picked up after Tampa cut him.
    Second, Suggs had two sacks on the day. So you’re saying the coaching staff should be criticized because Jones or Douglas would have done better.
    The Steelers were the better team, but not because Suggs played.

  20. ppdoc says:
    January 25th, 2009 at 10:17 am
    Frank Burns eats worms. Give it a break moron. If you bothered to watch the game you would have seen that he played hurt. He beat your right tackle using one arm. You are a freaking joke. No change, not that I would expect it. You just can’t given anyone credit for anything because you are so insecure you think it demeans you and your Squealers.
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    Frank Burns says:
    January 25th, 2009 at 2:32 am
    P.S. He’s cool though for even suggesting the hometown discount. Rare when you hear a player do that.
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    ppdoc — on top of things like a detective again.

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