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Could cap purge in Baltimore extend to Suggs?

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With Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs sporting a $13.02 million cap number for 2013 and with Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome saying the team won’t restructure contracts to stay in compliance with the salary cap, some in league circles are wondering whether the Ravens will simply sever ties with Suggs.

Doing so with a post-June 1 designation would create $6.4 million in cap space, as of June 1.  If the Ravens cut him before June 1, his $6.4 million base salary would be offset by a $4.6 million bonus acceleration.  The good news under that scenario is that Suggs would be off the books come 2014.

Still, the thought of dumping the 2011 NFL defensive player of the year seems like madness, at best.  Though he was drafted 10 years ago, he’ll be 30 until October 11.  But he missed much of the 2012 regular season with an Achilles tendon injury suffered while playing basketball in the offseason, and he had only two sacks in eight regular-season games.

In the postseason, Suggs had two sacks against the Broncos, but none in three other playoff appearances.

The real question is whether another linebacker would perform as well or better in the system for less money — and whether the money saved by dumping Suggs would help keep players like Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger.

The possibility of cutting Suggs remains very highly unlikely.  But it’s definitely a subject of speculation in league circles, even if it doesn’t happen.

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33 Responses to “Could cap purge in Baltimore extend to Suggs?”
  1. fdugrad says: Feb 9, 2013 4:36 PM

    Hope he’s been thrifty and cagey with his salary. Who in god’s name would hire him in the “Real” world?

  2. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Feb 9, 2013 4:41 PM

    Kruger did absolutely nothing without Suggs on the field this year.

    No way do the Ravens cut their new emotional leader on defense to keep Kruger.

  3. raiderinva says: Feb 9, 2013 4:42 PM

    It’s the Ozzie Newsome way….

    Let the player test the open market. Let the player lean what his real value is. Let the player either sign with another team or take a market value cut to stay with the now Super Bowl Champions.

    It’s simple, it’s brilliant, and it works.

  4. Nate says: Feb 9, 2013 4:43 PM

    ^Another team, you genius

  5. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 9, 2013 4:45 PM

    With devastating cap numbers like this, its clear the path to future Super Bowl success is through first & second year players under their restricted salaries.

    No way is Suggs (coming off a knee) worth 6.5 mill let alone 13. Wow

  6. steelybills says: Feb 9, 2013 4:54 PM

    Why not trade him? Like you said he was the 2011 DPOY…there has to be a trade market for him!

  7. willbrownimaging says: Feb 9, 2013 4:56 PM

    I think an extension would be more likely than severing ties.

    Suggs is one year removed from being the best Defensive player in the league. He played through rehabbing a ruptured Achilles, as well as a torn biceps, and yet even with those two significant injuries his presence on the field was enough to keep only a single blocker on Paul Kruger…allowing him to wreak havoc, especially in the playoffs.

    Suggs has two years remaining of a six year contract. Extend him two or three seasons (effectively a four or five year deal) and reduce the huge base salaries due ($6.4M in 2013 and $7.8M in 2014).

    Do the same thing to Boldin.
    Do the same thing to Jacoby Jones.

    All of those players are still preforming at a high level, and extending important players to reduce current cap charges isn’t the same thing as overreaching and hanging a bunch of dead money out there on players who are very unlikely to reach the end of a new 2,3,4 year deal.

  8. edisbetterthantroy says: Feb 9, 2013 5:02 PM

    Hey Florio, that’s a triple negative… “very highly unlikely”

    C’mon Man!

  9. helloanybodyhome says: Feb 9, 2013 5:10 PM

    His wife hopes they don’t cut him…she knows how he gets

  10. causeisaid says: Feb 9, 2013 5:12 PM

    I love how Ozzie has been misquoted all week. He said they wouldn’t restructure deals but quantified it as unless they perceived the player would play out their contract length. Dont be surprised at all if Yanda, Suggs, or Ngata restructure as all are likely to outplay contract length/extension.

    Suggs is going nowhere. Suggs and Upshaw OLB next season. Kruger is gone chasing high dollars elsewhere like Jarret Johnson last year.

    Boldin will sign a 2-3 extension at reduced salary reducing the cap number.

    Reed is all but gone. He will get higher money elsewhere.

  11. tonymontana45 says: Feb 9, 2013 5:18 PM

    I find it very unlikely that the Ravens cut Suggs when they are already losing Ray & possibly Reed and probably Kruger. Who would be the leader on Defense? There would be an absence of outside Linebackers and middle linebackers with Ellerbe a free agent. At the same point, as already mentioned. Kruger had two sack until Suggs came back. There is no way they let Suggs go to keep Kruger. Kruger is a product of a system whose line has Suggs and Ngata on the other side. When they are getting doubled, Krugers lane is open. Kruger is very good but the Ravens will miss him as much as they missed Thomas or Scott. He’ll be another LB that is a product of our system.

  12. ravenator says: Feb 9, 2013 5:27 PM

    Oz will take care of business the right way. He’s the best GM in the league, let alone the division.

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 9, 2013 5:49 PM

    Oz will take care of business the right way. He’s the best GM in the league, let alone the division.

    Right? What got you in this spot ? ….let me guess Rev Ray?… Cheers and a single yikes

  14. britishraven says: Feb 9, 2013 5:51 PM

    If you’d look at the cap numbers you’d see that we aren’t that hard up against it and there’s absolutely no way Suggs gets cut. I can’t even believe you have written a story about it

  15. ravenator says: Feb 9, 2013 6:38 PM

    Ravens live rent free in no fools tiny little head

  16. 3fingerlenny says: Feb 9, 2013 7:07 PM

    He’s an ignorant f who should be cut

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 9, 2013 7:33 PM

    Ravens live rent free in no fools tiny little head

    My tiny little head has more brains than the melon you sport as a hat rack. But hey try to write your own lines fan boy… I know you and your six co authors work very hard to come up with your cheers and yikes comments. But copying is the finest form of flattery so thanks fan boy…sleep tight unless mom extended curfew.

  18. bigbenownsthenfl says: Feb 9, 2013 7:41 PM

    I’ve never seen a team luck out and win a super bowl like they have and be in so much trouble with salary cap and contracts. Well looks like another 13 year’s before we see them in another super bowl. Steelers been in 3 in last 7 years.. just sayin… Let’s just say Newsome is no Colbert that’s for sure. He got this team all screwed up. Below avg qb he gotta pay. All kinds of free agents. Leaders retiring and leaving. I should feel bad, but I don’t! Cheers!

  19. ravensdds says: Feb 9, 2013 7:57 PM

    Suggs is a 3 down player that offenses have had to shceme for. Kruger is a situational pass rusher who did not flourish until Suggs retured to the field. No way Suggs is cut in part to keep Kruger. Kruger will be allowed to walk and I am sure a cheaper alternative has already been targeted by Ozzie and company.

  20. fdugrad says: Feb 9, 2013 8:23 PM

    3fingerlenny: It appears as though we think along the same lines, however, at this writing, there are 28 thumbs down to my observation that Mr. Suggs would have a difficult task securing employment in the “Real World.” Note, neither of us said he was not a talented football player, because he clearly is. I wonder what those perceptive 28 critics think his employable skills are? Could it be his education, intelligence, his “people skills,” his SPOTLESS police record, his eloquence and charm, or perhaps his even tempered disposition? The above 28 must have some unique insights that are not apparent to others.

  21. ynotred says: Feb 9, 2013 8:27 PM

    Let me understand what you’re saying, cut an under 30 DPOY and resign an overweight slacker. It sounds like a Steelers fans wish list for the Ravens off season. Florio wouldn’t happen to be a Steeler fan would he?

  22. kev86 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:28 PM

    Suggs to big blue rumors are swirling. I don’t believe it.

  23. britishraven says: Feb 9, 2013 8:46 PM

    Kruger is our equivalent of Ray Edwards in Minny a couple of years ago.

  24. ravenator says: Feb 9, 2013 8:48 PM

    You would know all about copying, you must not have a mirror in your shanty shack. Cheers!

  25. watermelon1 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:52 PM

    Suggs is much more than a “sacks or nothing” player.

    But… I actually think the way the league is going, they might be better served to let him go.

    It’s not an indictment on Suggs… Just what fits better for the Ravens.

    They’d probably like more speed up front, and. Kruger and Upshaw might give that to them.

    They have to keep ellerbe, because after him… There’s nothing in the linebacker corps.

    Suggs night be the best option to let go. Of course, it only matters if they don’t overspend for Flacco. If they do that, then it really doesn’t matter. They’d have their hands tied anyway.

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 9, 2013 9:03 PM

    You would know all about copying, you must not have a mirror in your shanty shack. Cheers!

    Ah it’s not a shack it’s not a mansion, but its mine not mommies…make your co authors be ore creative…shany shack ? Don’t have those in my gated community…

  27. ravenator says: Feb 9, 2013 9:40 PM

    Unfortunately what you call mommies basement I call a high rise condo. Life is good. Cheers!

  28. dcapettini says: Feb 9, 2013 9:43 PM

    Suggs isn’t going anywhere. Neither is Flacco. Kreuger, Birk and Williams are gone. If they really want to free up cap space, cut Oher. There are plenty of right tackles with his ability available at a much lower price. Reed may leave, but that will be up to him. There will always be a place for him on the Ravens for whatever they can afford. Ellerbe is up in the air. We may not be able to keep him, but I understand that some Steeler linebackers may be available.

  29. iamedreed says: Feb 9, 2013 9:46 PM

    all this talk about paul kruger makes it seem like he was the second coming of god or something, have any of you tooting puals horn ever watched him play prior to this year? He is so overrated it makes me sick, i don’t even want to sign him to a reduced contract, id rather roll the dice and see what we get from upshaw who is going to be a stud

    and there is no way suggs is getting cut, he is the general on that defense now

  30. imeanwhatisay says: Feb 9, 2013 10:16 PM

    first of all he was not playing basketball when he got hurt and u I don’t think they should cut the leader of the defense since ray is gone

  31. ppdoc13 says: Feb 9, 2013 11:57 PM

    Put this under the heading of writing an article based on nothing. Not going to happen. No way. No how. Suggs is the leader of the D. He is only 30 which is 5 years younger than the average steeler defender. Most importantly is that he is a bona Fidel 3 down player. He sets the edge well. He drops in coverage well, and he is an excellent pass rusher. Half of kruger’s sacks come because Suggs and ngata command double teams. When he goes to another team as a FA, he will be a bust. At best he is a third down pass rush guy.

    To the steeler fan who talks about being in 3 bowls in the last seven years, I would remind you that their record is 1 win, 1 loss, and 1 gift from the Zebras. The ravens are 2 – 0 in their 2 SB’s in 12 years and have been in the league only since 96/97. Give us your extra 35 years and we will have 6 also.

  32. bartlettruss says: Feb 10, 2013 6:08 AM

    I hear a lot about what a genius Ozzie Newsome is but the Ravens have a more screwed up cap situation than the Jets. After losing Ray Lewis they should be looking at good cap space, but Newsome failed to extend Flacco when the price was right.

    Expect to see them restructure with Suggs and let Ed Reed play out his final year somewhere else.

  33. cfeeley52 says: Feb 14, 2013 5:30 PM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Feb 9, 2013 7:41 PM
    I’ve never seen a team luck out and win a super bowl like they have and be in so much trouble with salary cap and contracts. Well looks like another 13 year’s before we see them in another super bowl. Steelers been in 3 in last 7 years.. just sayin… Let’s just say Newsome is no Colbert that’s for sure. He got this team all screwed up. Below avg qb he gotta pay. All kinds of free agents. Leaders retiring and leaving. I should feel bad, but I don’t! Cheers!

    And they’ve missed the playoffs the year after each appearance.. just sayin.. and what did they do this year? missed the playoffs..again.. what did they do last year? got tebowed in the first round… what have the ravens done the last 5 years? made the playoffs and won a game EVERY SINGLE YEAR… all steelers fans do nowadays is lean on the PAST and cry themselves to sleep recounting the days of old. It’s time to accept the PRESENT where the ravens are reining superbowl champs and the new guard of the AFCN

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