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Ozzie Newsome: Ravens have to talk about whether to keep Suggs

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The Ravens were barreling toward a Super Bowl win at this time last year, but Wednesday isn’t a practice day for them in 2014.

It’s the day that owner Steve Bisciotti, General Manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh met the media for a postseason press conference. One of the topics that came up during the proceedings was the future of linebacker Terrell Suggs with the organization.

He has a $12.4 million cap number in 2014, the final year of his contract with the Ravens, and Newsome said Wednesday that the team needs to discuss what to do about the longtime fixture on their defense. A league source recently told PFT that Suggs would like to negotiate an extension with the team and Newsome said at the press conference that he’s open to extending players headed into the final year of their contracts.

Newsome also said he wasn’t afraid to let players walk, though, and Suggs was a lot less productive in the second half of the 2013 season than he was while registering nine sacks in the first eight games. If the Ravens decide the final eight games are more predictive of where things are headed, they may decide to devote their funds elsewhere.

Among the possibilities on that front are getting bigger on the interior of the offensive line, finding a playmaking free safety and using the franchise tag on one of their impending free agents. Those were all things Newsome mentioned during a press conference that the Ravens would like to have later in the year come 2015.

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  1. jtbsteeler says: Jan 8, 2014 10:41 AM

    hahaha,

    The Ravens are on the decline. Every move Ozzie made came back to bite him. NOw you won’t have money to sign Daryl Smith, Jacoby Jones or Aurthur Jones. Ray Rice is done and Pierce is injury prone.

    The Steelers will cut Woodley and have Worilds in the wing. Better player at this stage.

  2. orivar says: Jan 8, 2014 10:43 AM

    Let him go if you want to spend all next season trying to retool another position, like this one.

  3. realnflmaster says: Jan 8, 2014 10:46 AM

    He’s coming to the JETS to start our dynasty with the great REX RYAN and the future perennial all-pro and NFL MVP Geno Smith.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 8, 2014 10:47 AM

    He’s a good player, so give him a huge new contract and a boatload of fresh money. That’s the Newsome way.

  5. bennyb82 says: Jan 8, 2014 10:48 AM

    I would rather keep Suggs and draft a mediocre QB.

  6. gabrosin says: Jan 8, 2014 10:50 AM

    “The Steelers will cut Woodley and have Worilds in the wing. Better player at this stage.”

    And you plan to re-sign Worilds, a free agent, from $20m over the cap… how, exactly?

    Cutting Woodley would actually cost money on the cap, not save it.

    Ravens will be just fine. Hoping to see Suggs back with a reasonable extension for the next few years, but if we have to move on, that’s the business. He helped us win a championship… all you can ask of a player.

  7. chargerdillon says: Jan 8, 2014 10:52 AM

    Lets talk about why you gave a really below average quarterback such a giant contract.

    Joe Flacco is the Tony Romo of the AFC.

  8. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 8, 2014 10:52 AM

    What’s to talk about, he is not worth it…not even close!

  9. flash1283 says: Jan 8, 2014 10:53 AM

    It’s okay let him go, you still have JUMP BALL JOE!

  10. ingraven says: Jan 8, 2014 10:54 AM

    If Suggs leaves, then THAT is when all the heart of this team will be gone. Then THAT’S when the team would be NOT be the same again. That’s when the team wouldn’t have that same anger & toughness.

  11. green41563 says: Jan 8, 2014 10:55 AM

    I’d like to see him in the Jets.

  12. ravenswhat says: Jan 8, 2014 10:55 AM

    I don’t recall hearing his name called much over the last half of the season. His cap hit and age along with declining production don’t mesh. He would be another guy Ozzie gets rid of right at the correct time. Outside of Boldin, Ozzie doesn’t miss much in that area.

  13. southpaw2k says: Jan 8, 2014 10:56 AM

    Funny how non-Ravens fans love to claim the team is old and filled with overrated players and/or wash ups, and yet folks here are already chomping at the bit for their team to claim Suggs when – not if, but when – the Ravens dump him. Despite the small fact that, you know, the Ravens haven’t cut him. And both Suggs and the organization want to work things out so he stays on the roster.

    But hey, don’t let logic or common sense get in your way.

  14. jtbsteeler says: Jan 8, 2014 10:56 AM

    Anytime that you’re said and depressed and need a laugh, Haloti Ngata has a 2014 cap hit of $16million.

    I’m on the floor laughing right now.

  15. jtbsteeler says: Jan 8, 2014 10:56 AM

    “sad”

  16. jtbsteeler says: Jan 8, 2014 10:58 AM

    Suggs, $12.4 milion for his one sack in the last 9 games of this season.

    Flacco $14+ million for his jumpballs, fumbles, picks and checkdowns.

  17. thesteelskirt says: Jan 8, 2014 10:58 AM

    Their track record is pretty good, they cut half their defense and still almost made the playoffs. In hindsight I wish the steelers had done something similar with some of their older defenders.

  18. bigwinintx says: Jan 8, 2014 10:58 AM

    How’s that Flacco ‘World Beater’ contract working for you now, huh?

  19. drewzducks says: Jan 8, 2014 11:01 AM

    She Fizzle

  20. cspsrbums says: Jan 8, 2014 11:01 AM

    @jtbsteeler
    How can you say that. Not a Ravens fan but this team just won a Super Bowl lost some great players to retirement and by signing Flaco. (Which was a little overboard I agree). But they were still in the playoff hunt till the last game, even during their first year of rebuilding. Can’t say that about many teams in the NFL, they usually go right to the bottom and take 5 years or so to get back up. I wouldn’t count this team out by any means. There Offensive line cost them this year they will fix it. So don’t let your hatred for a team overload your brain. Steelers are in a lot worst shape with aging safeties and QB that is getting old and can barely get out of bed in the morning. They are the ones who need to start replacing players.

  21. jtbsteeler says: Jan 8, 2014 11:02 AM

    Watch the Steelers moves this offseason and compare them to the Ratbirds.

    The Ratbirds are on the decline.

    Talk to me in June.

  22. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 8, 2014 11:03 AM

    Ozzy Osbourne >>>>>>>>> ozzie newsome

  23. rayvenssb35 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:04 AM

    chargerdillon says:

    Joe Flacco is the Tony Romo of the AFC.

    ==============

    i couldn’t have made a better comparison myself. because romo has been to the playoffs the past 5 years in a row and won a super bowl too. there are so many immature teenage boys posting on this site. wow.

  24. revischrist16 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:05 AM

    chargerdillon says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:52 AM
    Lets talk about why you gave a really below average quarterback such a giant contract.

    Joe Flacco is the Tony Romo of the AFC.

    I agree that Flacco isn’t worth his contract, but he received the contract after showing he’s the complete opposite of Romo…

  25. ingraven says: Jan 8, 2014 11:06 AM

    I love seeing people complain about Flacco. That’s when I know they are true football trolls. We haven’t had a franchise qb since…ummmmmm…..EVER!! Air McNair was a stop gap, Kyle Boller was a gap, but Flacco is it!! And we haven’t been to the playoffs 5 out of the last 6 years despite him, its been because of him. If we would’ve had another QB behind center our last SuperBowl would’ve still been from 2000

  26. cfeeley52 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:07 AM

    chargerdillon says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:52 AM
    Joe Flacco is the Tony Romo of the AFC.
    —————————————-
    You just ruined any credibility with that statement. Flacco and Romo could not be more opposite players. Romo wows in the regular season then tanks every december, he has ONE playoff win in a decade. Flacco on the other hand lays duds in the regular season then steps up in the playoffs, he has nine times the playoff wins as Romo. Now if you want to compare Romo to the red headed squirt gun Dalton that’s a different story…

  27. cliverush says: Jan 8, 2014 11:08 AM

    It is a young man’s league now. Investing in worn out veterans for the sake of loyalty is not a winning formula. You need to separate any emotion from your decisions. This is the reason teams with owners who allow the true football people to run the show win year after year.

  28. ingraven says: Jan 8, 2014 11:09 AM

    @doctorrustbelt

    your team shows why playoffs should NOT be expanded. cuz if they make it for the past 3 years and cant even win ONE game, maybe the playoffs need to be minimized.

  29. bmorelady says: Jan 8, 2014 11:09 AM

    The RAVENS had one bad season & are by no means “on the decline”. How many bad seasons in a row have the Steelers had now? The RAVENS are not going to let T-SIZZLE go either. We will extend his contract and keep him right where he is. He is our new defensive leader & in PURPLE & BLACK he will remain. We will be back stronger & better in 2014 but it still won’t stop the bull rap criticism. Most of the teams who did make the playoffs were extremely relieved they weren’t facing the RAVENS.

  30. Joemontanaflacco says: Jan 8, 2014 11:10 AM

    Funny how much of a disaster, according to JTBSteeler in his multiple posts, the Ravens have become. And yet, they fared no worse than the perennial 8-8 Steelers. Of course, Ravens won a Super Bowl and suffered a mass exodus. What’s your excuse? Oh, that’s right. The refs! Hahahahahaha. Crybabies to the end!!

  31. mmmpierogi says: Jan 8, 2014 11:10 AM

    southpaw2k says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:56 AM
    Funny how non-Ravens fans love to claim the team is old and filled with overrated players and/or wash ups, and yet folks here are already chomping at the bit for their team to claim Suggs when – not if, but when – the Ravens dump him.

    **********************************************************************

    The only people who’ve replied indicating that they’re “chomping at the bit” for Suggs are two Jets fans. If that doesn’t just scream demand, I don’t know what does.

  32. ravensrooster94 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:13 AM

    Oz chargerdillon says:

    Lets talk about why you gave a really below average quarterback such a giant contract.

    Joe Flacco is the Tony Romo of the AFC.
    ________________

    Let’s not. Flacco made the playoffs 5 years in a row, went to 3 Conference Championship games winning one, threw 11 TDs with no picks in the post season, threw 3 TDs in SB XLVII, winning MVP.

    Something Romo never, ever will do. Same thing for Phillip Rivers who will get smoked in Denver this Sunday.

    I acturally prefer reading the posts of the Steeler trolls. They may be misinformed at times, but at least they support a team that’s actually won championships.

  33. brettfavresmidget says: Jan 8, 2014 11:16 AM

    I’d start with a facelift for him. Jerrah Jones can probably provide some references.

  34. 6thsense10 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:17 AM

    chargerdillon says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:52 AM
    Lets talk about why you gave a really below average quarterback such a giant contract.

    Joe Flacco is the Tony Romo of the AFC

    ———–
    Um no. Tony Room is a very good QB that comes up small in big games. Flacco is an average regular season QB who is one of this era’s best post season QB. Don’t believe me than look up his post season stats. Besides the Ravens have Newsome as GM while the Cowboys have Jerry Jones. Silly comparisons chargerdillon.

  35. southpaw2k says: Jan 8, 2014 11:18 AM

    chargerdillon says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:52 AM
    Lets talk about why you gave a really below average quarterback such a giant contract.

    Joe Flacco is the Tony Romo of the AFC.

    —————————————————

    Tony Romo: 50-46 record since 2008; 1-1 in playoffs; 0 championships
    Joe Flacco: 62-34 record since 2008; 9-4 in playoffs; 1 championship; 1 Super Bowl MVP

    Aside from all that, they are exactly the same guy.

  36. bmorelady says: Jan 8, 2014 11:20 AM

    Clove rush, this is NOT about emotion or trying to keep a player simply because we as fans “love” him. While I admit BALTIMORE certainly does love T-SIZZLE, that is not the reason to keep him. The reason we need to keep him is for consistency, leadership, loyalty, & all the other intangibles people never like to admit are important. Losing LEWIS & REED hurt us as a team, NOT BECAUSE THEY WERE THE SAME PLAYERS THEY WERE IN THEIR YOUNGER DAYS, but because they were constants with as much football knowledge in their heads as ANYONE out there. The younger guys knowing they were going to be there to be counted on to read the field. & guide the team was something you CANNOT put a price on. T-SIZZLE now has that role & it as important as any young receiver or o-line player we could add. This isn’t emotion, this is managing the things that can’t be written on paper but still matter very much

  37. kevo95 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    Ravens are done as long as they have taco

  38. taosravenfan says: Jan 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    @rustbelt- really don’t think you should be yapping. The bungles haven’t won a playoff game since 1991. And marvelous marv and his boy opie once again manage to weewee down their legs when the bright lights of the playoffs go on. On our side? 5 playoffs with at least one win every year a few AFC championship games and a Lombardi. Tell me which is the more impressive record.

  39. democratsarestupid says: Jan 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    Jtbsteeler, illegitimate son of Bathroom Ben and another fat pig

  40. southpaw2k says: Jan 8, 2014 11:23 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:03 AM
    Ozzy Osbourne >>>>>>>>> ozzie newsome

    ———————————————

    Says the guy whose team is 0-3 in the playoffs under their current QB, despite drawing an opponent this past weekend who had needed a small miracle to even make the playoffs.

    Also note you don’t even try claiming your GM/owner is superior to Ozzie Newsome. Now that’s funny.

  41. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 8, 2014 11:25 AM

    If Joe contract 54mil guaranteed = 1 super bow.. then

    I am sure Jerry Joes would love to pay some QB cajillions of dollars if he can even sniff the NFC championship game ;)

    Get a life haters. It’s not your money. It’s the Ravens money.

  42. ddslax1 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:26 AM

    @jtbsteeler
    Good to see haters like you stalking Ravens articles.It shows we are a good team! Bet you dont try to instigate Jaguar fans!

  43. ingraven says: Jan 8, 2014 11:26 AM

    I really don’t think Suggs will be goin anywhere. But if he does, like with what happened to all 20,000 of the guys who left last year, and the year before, and the year before, and the year before, we’ll move on and be fine.

  44. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 8, 2014 11:28 AM

    I haven’t met a Ravens fan who complains about Flacco’s contract.

    The only people that I’ve heard complaining about Joe’s contract are:

    – Steelers fans
    – Niners fans
    – Broncos fans
    – Browns fan…

    hummmm…. I wonder what’s common between those people ;)

  45. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 8, 2014 11:31 AM

    I think the Ravens need a trip to Gettysburg and another financial pep talk from Joe.

  46. bucrightoff says: Jan 8, 2014 11:35 AM

    Seriously, who’s complaining about Joe Flacco’s contract? Paying the 21st best QB in the NFL top 3 money is mostly hilarious to non-Ravens fans. Complain? Please, extend him another 5 years.

  47. neemdaddy13 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:36 AM

    RavenzGunnerz says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:28 AM

    “I haven’t met a Ravens fan who complains about Flacco’s contract.

    The only people that I’ve heard complaining about Joe’s contract are:

    – Steelers fans
    – Niners fans
    – Broncos fans
    – Browns fan…

    hummmm…. I wonder what’s common between those people ;)

    I’ll play – All four teams are better than the Ravens. :)

  48. bullcharger says: Jan 8, 2014 11:37 AM

    Suggs is 31… Based on other players of that style he’s at the tail end of his prime and has probably 2 good years left. He’s not the right kind of player to last until he’s 35 or 36. I think he’ll have to extend for way less if he stays.

  49. 1topprospect says: Jan 8, 2014 11:39 AM

    That’s what happens when you sign an average QBs to a huge contract. See the 2014 bears for future evidence

  50. bullcharger says: Jan 8, 2014 11:39 AM

    green41563 says:Jan 8, 2014 10:55 AM

    I’d like to see him in the Jets.

    ——————–

    I’d hate to see him with the Jets, but I totally agree that that would be a great fit. He’s a great player and he hates the Patriots. I hope it doesn’t happen.

  51. hakunamangata says: Jan 8, 2014 11:40 AM

    Ah welcome back dr. Rust belt! How’s that AFC north t shirt fitting you today?

    Down year for us ravens fans, but glad to hear you’re ok. Your update every week this season on Flacco’s stats vs Dalton’s were very helpful.

    Say what were Andy’s stats in the divisional round? Or the AFC championship? Or Super Bowl?

  52. yyyass says: Jan 8, 2014 11:40 AM

    RavensGunnerz…then they need to let you out more often. There are thousands of us RAVENS fans who think Flacco is a total money suck who took advantage of a hot streak and a perennially strong defense to cash in – and now that he got paid, and got a ring, he is DONE. Much like Elvis Grback some years back.

  53. bullcharger says: Jan 8, 2014 11:41 AM

    realnflmaster says:Jan 8, 2014 10:46 AM

    He’s coming to the JETS to start our dynasty with the great REX RYAN and the future perennial all-pro and NFL MVP Geno Smith.

    —————–

    Jets would be a good fit, but you are going a bit over board on the other points don’t ya think?

  54. mmmpierogi says: Jan 8, 2014 11:41 AM

    RavenzGunnerz says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:28 AM
    I haven’t met a Ravens fan who complains about Flacco’s contract.

    ******************************************************************

    If I were a Ravens fan, I would complain about this contract. Your team could have signed the guy a year earlier for way cheaper, but schlepped on it until the SB year (even Flacco’s agent acknowledges this). Good foresight by Ozzie and the crew on that one.

  55. jtbsteeler says: Jan 8, 2014 11:42 AM

    The Raven FO just had a press conference to talk about reversing everything they did this past offseason.

    If that isn’t accepting defeat I don’t know what is.

  56. steelerben says: Jan 8, 2014 11:42 AM

    Losing Suggs would be a hard for the Ravens the same way that losing Lewis and Reed was. He isn’t exactly lighting it up on the stats sheets, but he is certainly a strong presence in the locker room.

    While it certainly doesn’t make sense to pay elite money for average to sub par performance, there is a line to walk. Restructuring his contract to limit the impact on the cap and allowing him to continue lead in the locker room while training his replacement is the ideal solution here. It remains to be seen if that can get done, though. If history has taught us anything it is that there are several teams in the NFL that can’t wait to overpay a former Ravens defender.

  57. bullcharger says: Jan 8, 2014 11:44 AM

    Oz chargerdillon says:

    Lets talk about why you gave a really below average quarterback such a giant contract.

    Joe Flacco is the Tony Romo of the AFC.

    ——————-

    Flacco is clearly a good player and no where near what Romo has become. Flacco is a winner. This year the Ravens just couldn’t overcome all the personnel changes. I am happy the Ravens didn’t make the playoffs, but saying Flacco wasn’t worth the contract or that he is the same as Tony Romo is way off. That’s wishful thinking from fans of the Steelers, Bengals and Browns.

  58. jiggy3198 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:47 AM

    Hey chagerdillan to say Flacco is the Romo of the AFC North is absolutely ridiculous. Again has nine playoff wins already in his career. He is a Super Bowl MVP the greatest AFC championship run in the history of the NFL. He is also sent many NFL records. So you do not know what you were talking about shut up

  59. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 8, 2014 11:48 AM

    I’d like to see him come to New England if only for the potential for the greatest buddy comedy ever with Tom Brady.

  60. psuorioles says: Jan 8, 2014 11:51 AM

    Suggs is a borderline HOF’er… They should cut Ngata and keep Suggs.

  61. cincyfan0890 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:54 AM

    Flacco is better than Romo…Dalton is closer to Romo…except less consistent. If Flacco was the Bengals QB lets be honest here…they’d still be playing.

  62. jtbsteeler says: Jan 8, 2014 11:54 AM

    Flacco doesnt make his WR’s better. He needs help from them to even be adequate. Do the names Mason, Pitta, Jacoby “bail Joe out” Jones and Boldin ring a bell? He needs crutch WR’s to bail him out.

    Compare that to the WR’s that Big Ben has made money for…Nate Washington, Holmes, Burress, Sanders, Brown, Wallace and now Cotchery.

    Hence, why I call Joe Mr. Jumpball.

  63. jtbsteeler says: Jan 8, 2014 11:55 AM

    The Ravens 2013 draft was an utter failure. Marlon Brown an “undrafted” rookie was the best you could do.

  64. footballfan01 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:01 PM

    Cut So Hard University

  65. southpaw2k says: Jan 8, 2014 12:02 PM

    mmmpierogi says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:41 AM

    If I were a Ravens fan, I would complain about this contract. Your team could have signed the guy a year earlier for way cheaper, but schlepped on it until the SB year (even Flacco’s agent acknowledges this). Good foresight by Ozzie and the crew on that one.

    ————————————————–

    Aaaaaaaaaaaand you’re wrong. The Ravens had offered Flacco a contract prior to the 2012 season to extend him based on his performance up to that point. Flacco turned the deal down, opting to gamble on what would happen during the course of the season. History wound up working in his favor since he led the team to a championship.

  66. SAV says: Jan 8, 2014 12:06 PM

    Suggs will sign the extension. You don’t let a HOFer walk that is willing to negotiate, it’s bad for the locker room.

    Now Ray Rice on the other hand is a tricky case…not worth cutting financially but he might be a backup next year and that wont sit well with him so he could end up elsewhere

  67. forsbergler says: Jan 8, 2014 12:08 PM

    It wouldnt be an issue if they didnt over pay for Dummervil. what are you paying that guy a year? 7 mil +? for 9.5 and half sacs? Ouch! I tryied to warn people about how much you over paid for this guy. Shaun Philips, the guy we replaced him with had 10 sacs this year with nobody on the other side to take double teams and Den is is paying him a 1 mil, mil and a half.

  68. southpaw2k says: Jan 8, 2014 12:09 PM

    jtbsteeler says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:55 AM
    The Ravens 2013 draft was an utter failure. Marlon Brown an “undrafted” rookie was the best you could do.

    ———————————————-

    Really? How are Sean Spence, Mike Adams, Markus Wheaton, Jarvis Jones, and Terry Hawthorne working out for you?

    I realize I blended the 2012 and 2013 Steeler drafts, but I think that only makes my point that much stronger.

  69. it's all bs says: Jan 8, 2014 12:19 PM

    rayvenssb35 says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:04 AM
    chargerdillon says:

    Joe Flacco is the Tony Romo of the AFC.

    ==============

    i couldn’t have made a better comparison myself. because romo has been to the playoffs the past 5 years in a row and won a super bowl too. there are so many immature teenage boys posting on this site. wow.

    ________________________

    UM WHAT…..Romo has never won a SB….U ravens fans aren’t too bright are you???

  70. haterade999 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:20 PM

    Is there are reason why Steelers / Bengals fans follow Ravens news so closely?

    Fear? Inferiority complex? Which is it?

    You gotta be real teenage-angst like to waste your time that way.

  71. stainlessstill says: Jan 8, 2014 12:22 PM

    Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland ALL on the downswing. Guess who that leaves? PITTSBURGH on the upswing in the NORTH.

    Admit it, AFC fans. You didn’t want to see Pittsburgh anywhere near the playoffs this year.

  72. ninespot says: Jan 8, 2014 12:26 PM

    I think many would say RG3 was a disaster this year and yet he put up better numbers than Joe Flacco. Ray isn’t ray anymore, that’s what hurt Flacco the most I’d say.

  73. stainlessstill says: Jan 8, 2014 12:28 PM

    Is there are reason why Steelers / Bengals fans follow Ravens news so closely?

    Fear? Inferiority complex? Which is it?

    You gotta be real teenage-angst like to waste your time that way.

    —————–

    Joy to finally be back on top in ’14 :) HERE WE GO.

  74. southpaw2k says: Jan 8, 2014 12:28 PM

    it’s all bs says:
    Jan 8, 2014 12:19 PM

    i couldn’t have made a better comparison myself. because romo has been to the playoffs the past 5 years in a row and won a super bowl too. there are so many immature teenage boys posting on this site. wow.

    ________________________

    UM WHAT…..Romo has never won a SB….U ravens fans aren’t too bright are you???

    ————————————————–

    THAT WAS PRECISELY HIS POINT. Flacco is NOT the same as Romo for all the reasons he had originally listed. You aren’t familiar with the concept of sarcasm much, are you?

  75. dasmol says: Jan 8, 2014 12:29 PM

    Flacco = Phil Simms

  76. weepingjebus says: Jan 8, 2014 12:30 PM

    It was funny watching him do his little dance when losing to the Patriots 41-7. Maybe it’s just his shock collar going off?

  77. bengalguy says: Jan 8, 2014 12:36 PM

    The so called Ravens genius (by Ravens fans of course) is handcuffed by Jumpball Joes contract. Nice going Oz….overpaying an Avg. Joe QB (no pun intended) and kling the franchise!!!

  78. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:38 PM

    Hey its Dr Rusty !

    I see your 3 day drinking binge and hangover is over now.

    Remember when you thought beating the Pats by 1 whole score was “DESTROYING” them and that the Bengals were a lock as Super Bowl champs ?

    I was actually disappointed the Bengals lost. They were the weakest of the 4 AFC teams that played last weekend and I wanted them to come to Foxboro to learn what being “DESTROYED” really is like.

  79. skinsrock says: Jan 8, 2014 12:43 PM

    Joe Flacco is the Tony Romo of the AFC.

    ________________________

    You know… Except for the Superbowl ring & the parade for the entire city of Baltimore. You’re right.

  80. kurb21 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:47 PM

    Welcome to the Patriots Suggs!

    Just kidding, SAC Suggs!

  81. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:50 PM

    The reason the Ravens missed the playoffs this year is because they decided it was okay to let Anquan Boldin walk out the door. Stupid stupid stupid.

  82. blackngold4life says: Jan 8, 2014 12:54 PM

    Damn ..one of Joe’s passes just barely hit the ground .. No flag for pass interference either..but in all seriousness Suggs is the last piece of heart this D has left..he’s been a pain in the Steelers side for years..even more then Lewis was..for that I give him his proper due..I think if the Steelers started letting some of their old dogs go afew years ago we’d be better off on Defence today..now we have Multiple holes to fix with limited $ to fix um..cause u know Rookies are too Stupid to play in LeBeaus “complex” system..Good Luck Ratbirds

  83. spg3081 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:56 PM

    @marcuswelby

    I’m the furthest thing you’ll find from a Ravens fan however how do you justify calling Flacco the Romo of the AFC? Romo is criticized for putting up big numbers but making mistakes at the most crucial times along with failing to even make the playoffs let alone succeeding in them. Flacco doesn’t exactly post big stats and he’s won a Super Bowl (and posted great numbers in that postseason run). That’s the antithesis of Romo.

    I’ll call Flacco a lot of things however comparing him to Tony Romo is lazy, unintelligent, and shows a complete lack of creativity.

  84. steelernator says: Jan 8, 2014 1:06 PM

    Well Suggs had a nice career that is coming to an end. At least he should be able to get a spot doing commercials for liquid bleach, eh?

  85. siggtacular says: Jan 8, 2014 1:08 PM

    Suggs will be a Raven until he retires

  86. jtbsteeler says: Jan 8, 2014 1:22 PM

    Actually Romo’s numbers are better… He’s just “killer pick” prone.

  87. mmmpierogi says: Jan 8, 2014 1:32 PM

    southpaw2k says:
    Jan 8, 2014 12:02 PM
    mmmpierogi says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:41 AM

    If I were a Ravens fan, I would complain about this contract. Your team could have signed the guy a year earlier for way cheaper, but schlepped on it until the SB year (even Flacco’s agent acknowledges this). Good foresight by Ozzie and the crew on that one.

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    Aaaaaaaaaaaand you’re wrong. The Ravens had offered Flacco a contract prior to the 2012 season to extend him based on his performance up to that point.

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    Flacco would have taken a contract that was $1 mil/yr beyond what the Ravens originally offered. This would have come out to approx $35 mil guaranteed over six years with guarantees. Instead, the Ravens allowed the contract negotiations to be shelved the remainder of the season (i.e., the schlepped on it), Flacco played out his contract, and Joe Linta inked Flacco a deal for $52 mil guaranteed for six years and up to over $120+ mil total.

  88. southpaw2k says: Jan 8, 2014 1:44 PM

    Patskrieg dot com says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:48 AM
    I’d like to see him come to New England if only for the potential for the greatest buddy comedy ever with Tom Brady.

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    Funniest comment of the day. Brady and Suggs would be an odder couple together than Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh.

  89. jtbsteeler says: Jan 8, 2014 1:49 PM

    Suggs and Dumervil fought this season. You’re done.

  90. uscoach says: Jan 8, 2014 1:51 PM

    Suggs is a fan favorite and perhaps a leader, but I feel really good about our rush with Dumerville and our interior with Smith and McClain. If he wants to extend a year and take up less cap space, then great but if not let’s get a better crew at Safety.

  91. bassplucker says: Jan 8, 2014 1:55 PM

    The Ravens are in much the same boat with Suggs as my Bears are with Julius Peppers. A former All-Pro taking up a huge chunk of salary but no longer playing up to their pay. A wise GM once said he’d rather get rid of an old player a year too soon than keep him a year too long.

    Ravens and Bears GMs have tough decisions to make this offseason as they both try to rebuild what used to be pretty good defenses.

  92. rockthered1286 says: Jan 8, 2014 1:56 PM

    The amount of misinformation and stupidity in this thread is beyond insane… You want to blame Joe? Fine. But let’s look at EVERY FACTOR INFLUENCING THE OFFENSIVE FAILURES THIS YEAR:

    -Joe went a 6 game stretch in the1st half of the season with undrafted rookie Marlon Brown as his #2 and Doss as his #3, who was cut earlier in the year. Jacoby missed 6 games. Pitta missed 13. Brown missed 3.

    -Joe had no TE’s for 13 straight games. No Clark does not count, nor does brick hands Dickson (I know he played better this year but given his potential he has not lived up to it).

    -The OL went through 8 different starters- KO, BigMac, AQ Shipley, Yanda, Monroe, Oher, Gino Gradkowski, Jah Reid. Of that group, KO went on IR mid-season, BigMac was shipped out, Reid was benched, Shipley a C was stuck at LT, Oher jumps at home games due to “crowd noise,” Monroe came in mid-season to learn a new system, and Yanda played a full season coming off of shoulder surgery that caused him to miss all preseason and OTAs. Makeshift line at it’s finest.

    -Ray Rice suffered a hip injury early in the season that he never recovered from. Pierce has been playing with a partially separated shoulder for some time.

    -In 3 games this season, Joe brought a team down multiple scores in the 4th back within 1 score… only to have the D unable to get the stop . Packers, Bears, Steelers. There may be more but these 3 are glaring.

    And as for Joe’s financial impact? It’s minimal right now. He’s making good money @ $14M+, but his cap isn’t costing the Ravens anymore than an average QB would cost them for 2 more years. His contract did not cause them to lose any players. His contract is not why Boldin WAS TRADED NOT LET GO. His contract was not why they lost out on overpaid Ellerbe or Kruger or Cary Williams. Don’t be an idiot PFT trolls.

  93. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Jan 8, 2014 1:59 PM

    Tom Brady will give Suggs a call.

  94. baltimoresnativeson says: Jan 8, 2014 2:02 PM

    He will get an extension to minimize the cap hit, but this will be his last one. Either he will retire as a raven in 2 to 3 years, or he will be grossly overpaid by another team in 2 to 3 years for his previous accomplishments (see Ed Reed) and go to the Jets, Colts, Cardinals, or some other team desperate to get to the show.

  95. rockthered1286 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:03 PM

    Another point- please stop pointing to contracts of players “we need to cut” if you don’t know the financial implications. Example- Ngata. Is he due $16M? Yes, BUT cutting him creates dead money against the cap and would only save about $1M.

    If you expect to see some players cut to save money? I’d venture to say Leach would be #1 with McClain a close #2, and maybe Canty, and Koch (had a miserable year and would save $2M on the cap). Combined they would save the Ravens about $9M. And with Art Brown ready to replace McClain, Leach being rarely used, and Canty replaced by a combo of Capri-Lewis (who many forget about) and DeAngelo Tyson, the team would not have much need to replace these guys in FA (punter maybe but hell, go get a UFA after the draft for pennies). Money saved could be put towards bringing back Art Jones, or Graham (I’d rather draft a CB late to play nickel), or finding a SS in FA.

  96. flylikearaven88 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:31 PM

    As a Ravens fan, I think Suggs is a little over rated. If he doesn’t get a sack in a game, chances are you won’t hear his name the entire broadcast throughout the game. I expected way more from Suggs since they added Dumer, but I felt he underperformed this year. If I were the Ravens, I wouldn’t let him walk this year. Maybe dingle him and their first rounder and move up in the draft for either an O-lineman or WR (Don’t see Torrey as a number one, and I predict Jacoby will be greedy and ask for way too much money). Only downside with the Ravens drafting a WR is who have they drafted that has been successful besides Torrey Smith at the WR position?

  97. steelcurtainn says: Jan 8, 2014 2:34 PM

    If the ravens lose suggs, their playoffs chances are the door for a 2nd consecutive season.

  98. ianwetpantscom says: Jan 8, 2014 2:59 PM

    A good franchise would cut him, like the Ravens will, the Steelers would give him a new contract with a lot of back loaded money.

    Just say’n!

  99. ddslax1 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:19 PM

    Suggs was in the top 20 in sacks this season. 1.5 sacks from being in top 6! He had more sacks than any single Pittsburgh player! Washed up? I think not.

  100. tictoccpthook says: Jan 8, 2014 3:23 PM

    Nice article Alpert , unlike some by others who throw gasoline to start gossip fires , you have folks discussing a significant issue.

    This Steelers fan follows Ravens, Browns, and Bengals issues because we in the AFC North take our rivals seriously.

    The Steelers wrestle with the salary cap issue every year, as all successful teams do when others raid our teams for talent. Suggs is a special player with history as well as talent, just ask Big Ben. I would like to see him as a Raven again so we can face the challenge of playing against him at least twice next year. This is the part of NFL football where the best owners and managers nurture championship teams (Steelers, Ravens, New England ) , and the worst turn their teams into losers ( Cowboys, Redskins, Browns ).

    Bring Suggs back, Flacco too.

  101. mrpkg says: Jan 8, 2014 4:03 PM

    Suggs is the one paying for Joe Flacco’s contract.

    This is just the start.

    Get a head start Suggs — don’t sign any extension, leave for a better team on your terms, not the Ravens.

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