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Add Terrell Suggs cap number to list of Ravens’ concerns

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The Ravens front office has earned their rings.  In the coming weeks, they’ll earn their money.

The team’s starting quarterback, absent a long-term deal, could enter the new league year with a cap number in excess of $20 million.  Other key players are due to become free agents.  Their two tight ends — Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson — will be restricted free agents, thanks to a Steelers-style decision to use three-year contracts in 2010.

Perhaps the biggest challenge arising from a guy who’ll be going nowhere comes from the contract of linebacker Terrell Suggs.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Suggs’ cap number for 2013 is a whopping $13.02 million.

And so the Ravens would be wise to reduce Suggs’ cap number.  The problem is that more than $6.6 million of it comes from past bonuses.  With only two seasons remaining on his contract, not much of a benefit would be gained from a so-called “simple” restructuring, where the salary is reduced to the veteran minimum and the balance becomes a guaranteed payment.

The end result could be/should be a new contract for Suggs, which would give him a large pile of money now and extend his contract — and push the cap charges — into future years, presumably years in which the salary cap will increase due to the new TV contracts.

Regardless, the Ravens need to do something soon with the Suggs contract.  And Suggs would be wise to go along, if he wants to continue to contend for Super Bowls.

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20 Responses to “Add Terrell Suggs cap number to list of Ravens’ concerns”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Feb 5, 2013 1:34 PM

    This is not rare. Half the teams in the NFL have critical cap decisions.

  2. joetoronto says: Feb 5, 2013 1:34 PM

    Really, Terrell Suggs?

    Really?

  3. darienal says: Feb 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    Waste of an article…

  4. heydiddlediddlerayriceupthemiddle says: Feb 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    Guys, Ozzie Newsome is our GM, not Michael Lombardi.

    Don’t worry about all this.

  5. chris6523 says: Feb 5, 2013 1:53 PM

    I wouldn’t break the bank for the guy. He’s on the wrong side of 30 and wasn’t anything special this year coming off the Achilles tear. Big risk comes with giving this guy big money right now.

  6. humbleminded85 says: Feb 5, 2013 1:54 PM

    Hey “GoLonger” where ya been? Last time we talked you were saying Flacco is a bum and Phillip Rivers is elite… how’s that crow taste? lol Phillip Rivers…your so silly.

  7. bigbenownsthenfl says: Feb 5, 2013 2:13 PM

    Haha team is a mess! I love it. 8-8 next year! Now they will feel the crunch! Steelers have had to deal with this stuff for years! Bout time they feel the salary crunch too!

  8. southpaw2k says: Feb 5, 2013 2:20 PM

    chris6523 says:
    Feb 5, 2013 1:53 PM
    I wouldn’t break the bank for the guy. He’s on the wrong side of 30 and wasn’t anything special this year coming off the Achilles tear. Big risk comes with giving this guy big money right now.

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    “The wrong side of 30″? He just turned 30 in October. And with the entire off season to rehab and heal in time for training camp, who are you to say he won’t be 100% again?

    SUPER BOWL CHAMPS

  9. clu1perceiver says: Feb 5, 2013 2:41 PM

    Mike Lombardi’s picks normally don’t last long enough to become salary cap issues.

  10. rockthered1286 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:54 PM

    Sooo should we be expecting a story about each and every Ravens player, what their cap hit is, and how to restructure? Not necessary. Oz has worked wonders in the past and will continue to do so.

    And I still stand my ground on next offseason’s sleeper move- Ray Rice traded away for several high draft picks to Miami or Detroit. Bernard Pierce is too good to hide behind Rice, and substantially cheaper. Clearing Rice’s contract after this season will help some of the deferred contracts that the Ravens will have to deal with this offseason. Give Pierce a fair share of carries in 2013 to ensure he’s our future at the position and as long as it looks promising? Pull the trigger. Hate to say it- I love Rice in Baltimore. He’s a great guy and a great player. But there’s not a Ravens fan out there that can’t tell me that Pierce is a Willis McGahee v2.0. Downhill runner, hits the hole hard and quick, and has good hands. In a pass happy offense, paying a RB top dollar should not be necessary. Heartbreaker of a move but it’s destined to happen.

  11. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 5, 2013 2:56 PM

    ..as the Ravens’ decade-long Super Bowl hangover begins in earnest.

  12. armyravensstrong says: Feb 5, 2013 3:08 PM

    It’s not like it’s news to us. Suggs has several more strong seasons in him. Not much was expected this season and it’s all been gravy!!! We plan and have back up plans thus we’re competitive each year and it has paid off! We’ll take care of this issue, sign Flacco, keep who we can, release those as necessary and allow others to make bigger money elsewhere and love them just the same for being a part of this championship team!!!!!!! Then we will simply say, “Next man up”! GO RAVENS!

  13. scoobies05 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:27 PM

    not really sure why people dont think the ravens cant manage their cap after seeing their success over the last 7 years. and to the super smart poster…cant have a superbowl hangover without a superbowl…go ravens!

  14. azarkhan says: Feb 5, 2013 3:36 PM

    armyravensstrong says: It’s not like it’s news to us…We plan and have back up plans thus we’re competitive each year…We’ll take care of this…

    Ozzie, is that you?

  15. punkypunkcarter says: Feb 5, 2013 3:45 PM

    Yea

  16. ahostiletakeover says: Feb 5, 2013 3:53 PM

    Not worried because of the way this front office is run. Plenty of players for this team have restructured contracts and taken temporary pay cuts to help the team stay competitive. Will the Ravens lose some guys in the next month or so? Very likely, its looking as though they’ll likely only be able to resign one of the players between Reed, Kruger, and Ellerbe. But Pat Moriarty is one of the best cap managers in the league and we all know the Wizard of Oz always comes through as well. It will be very hard for the Ravens to repeat, but I fully expect that they will be contenders again this year.

  17. thestatsishere says: Feb 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    Ozzie Newsome is one of the best GMs for a reason. And Terrell Suggs is a smart man. I think this will be figured out.

  18. bobonmycob says: Feb 5, 2013 4:32 PM

    Wow after the Ravens win the super bowl their fans start acting like Steelers fans. No wonder you guys hate each other. Your too much alike. Arrogant and obnoxious.

  19. chris6523 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:02 PM

    “The wrong side of 30″? He just turned 30 in October. And with the entire off season to rehab and heal in time for training camp, who are you to say he won’t be 100% again?

    SUPER BOWL CHAMPS

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    Yup. For all intents and purposes, he will be 31 the next time he plays a meaninful football game. Maybe he recovers from the injury and is an effective player. I hope he does because I think he is a great player when healthy. However, the top teams stay on top by parting ways with guys at the right time. I’m just saying the Ravens will be taking a serious risk if they give the guy big money. There are only so many salary cap dollars to spend.

  20. mlbbal52 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:02 PM

    Atleast we have our money tied up in dynamic young players not like some teams who dumped money on aging players…

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