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Suggs gets $16 million guaranteed over the next two years

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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was due to make $7.8 million in 2014.  The Ravens needed him to take less.  And he has ended up with a little bit more.

Per a league source, Suggs will make $16 million fully guaranteed over the next two seasons, which averages (math is hard) to $8 million annually.  He’ll average $7 million over the final three years (non-guaranteed) of his new contract.

The eight-figure guarantee comes as a time when veteran pass rushers on the wrong side of 30 are scrambling to find new homes at high prices.  For example, Dwight Freeney received a $3.25 million signing bonus in 2013.  Osi Umenyiora got $2.5 million.  John Abraham received a $1 million signing bonus.  Shaun Phillips received $1.4 million on a one-year deal.

Last year, the Ravens gave Elvis Dumervil $8.5 million fully guaranteed on a five-year deal, after a fax snafu caused the Broncos to cut him.

For the Ravens, who believe (we’re told) the 2011 NFL defensive player of the year has 30 sacks left in him, there will be no fax snafu or other complications as part of the deal that will give the team several million in much-needed cap space.  Suggs will be a Raven for life, which he declared at Monday’s press conference announcing the new contract.

Which means that he’ll be in position to make a lot of money for not doing much work in and around Baltimore after his NFL career ends.

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59 Responses to “Suggs gets $16 million guaranteed over the next two years”
  1. jimmyt says: Feb 17, 2014 1:11 PM

    Wow.

  2. therealraider says: Feb 17, 2014 1:12 PM

    Glad to see a team taking care of their own.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Feb 17, 2014 1:14 PM

    The vikings are gauranteed the NFC NORTH CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT SEASON.SKOL

  4. steelcurtainn says: Feb 17, 2014 1:15 PM

    lol…..the ravens overpaid for an aging linebacker.

  5. ravanator says: Feb 17, 2014 1:18 PM

    All others pay attention. This is one of the many reasons we have the title of greatest franchise in the history of sports. Great players love playing for the Ravens, and we keep them around. The view is amazing from the top.

    #ravensnation
    #joemontanaflacco
    #ravensallday

  6. kneedragr says: Feb 17, 2014 1:19 PM

    Crazy. I doubt he could have gotten more than 4-5M guarenteed anywhere else. Whats next, sign Pitta to 30M guarenteed?

  7. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 17, 2014 1:21 PM

    That’s a lot of cash for an old, slow, washed-up wife beater…

  8. meatcarroll says: Feb 17, 2014 1:21 PM

    Suggs wishes he were Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith.

  9. realnflmaster says: Feb 17, 2014 1:22 PM

    Wow. What a mistake!

  10. bigbenownsthenfl says: Feb 17, 2014 1:25 PM

    wow! the way ozzie and co. is running this team into the ground. I wonder if it was all those concussions he suffered as a player? I love watching this implosion! the view is amazing from top of our 6 lombardis! but it is getting kind of difficult to see over them.

  11. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 17, 2014 1:26 PM

    Excellent. After 2015, Suggs and Flacco will count for about $35M of the cap. That’s some shrewd cap management right there.

  12. blowfishes says: Feb 17, 2014 1:28 PM

    I can see Jared Allen signing with the Vikings for $6-7million a season over two years guaranteed. Probably be a four year deal with the last two seasons with no guarantees

  13. ryann252013 says: Feb 17, 2014 1:29 PM

    This is scary

  14. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 17, 2014 1:31 PM

    Not a stellar business decision by Baltimore. Thinking with the heart and not the head- but when money grows on trees as an NFL owner, who cares?

  15. thebirdsareback says: Feb 17, 2014 1:31 PM

    Wow Mike, you actually nailed that. You’re absolutely right about Baltimore and how they embrace the players who stick with them. Suggs is in for LIFE!!! As a matter of fact, suggs will be more popular in Baltimore in the later years because he’s more visible then Ray Lewis ever was. Suggs is the heart and soul of this team, and having him, at that price, only improves the defense. It keeps our Edge intact on the D Line and his experience and motivation is infectious in that locker room. i love this move!

  16. higheriqthanyou says: Feb 17, 2014 1:31 PM

    Sorry Ravens.

    To be at the top, you have to have won the SB.

    Not miss the playoffs.

    But it’s little wonder since your front office appears to have little cap sense…

    First Flacco and now Suggs.

  17. surfinbird1 says: Feb 17, 2014 1:35 PM

    Ozzie is going senile.

  18. Steeley McBeam says: Feb 17, 2014 1:37 PM

    After the Steelers let Woodley go in favor of Worilds the Ravens will officially be the oldest, slowest and most overpaid defense in the AFCN!

  19. randomcommenter says: Feb 17, 2014 1:40 PM

    Great news for Bengals and Steelers to see Ravens spend big money on an aging player at a positions where guys go downhill real quick.

  20. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 17, 2014 1:44 PM

    Thanks Ozzie!
    #FallSoHard

  21. jtbsteeler says: Feb 17, 2014 1:44 PM

    One sack in the final 8 games last season. Thank you Ozzie. Kelvin Beachum is smiling right now. His destruction of Suggs next season, will enable him to feed his family with a new deal.

  22. shaggytoodle says: Feb 17, 2014 1:44 PM

    The Ravens are going to follow the steps of the Steelers, the defense is aging and will lose a step and not be as fearful as it use to be.

    Their QB is past his prime, and the once scary running game, is now far less effective.

    Lucky for the Ravens, their is no clear cut favorite next year, any one of 3 teams can win that division, the Browns seem to be in too much disarray to push for the division title.

  23. steelcurtainn says: Feb 17, 2014 1:47 PM

    In oz we overpay lol. I bet even Suggs is laughing on his way to the bank. Get ready for some basement company brownies!

  24. taosravenfan says: Feb 17, 2014 2:02 PM

    What this article did not say was that Suggs’s cap hit this year went from 12 million to 7 million thus saving the team 5 million on the cap.

    It is a 2 year guarantee for 16 million and his cap hit over those 2 years is 8 million per year.

    So Suggs took more security for less money, saved the Ravens cap space and gets to retire as a Raven.

    This is how great teams work. The players that they really care about work to help the team and the team helps the player. It is a win/win.

    So for all those AFCN trolls who think Ozzie has gone senile, you really ought to know the details before opening your collective mouths. And for the Steeler fans – our average age on defense is less than 27 years. Which is a lot younger than yours.

  25. 4thand29 says: Feb 17, 2014 2:03 PM

    “Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was due to make $7.8 million in 2014. The Ravens needed him to take less. And he has ended up with a little bit more.”

    This is incredibly misleading. Yes, Suggs will pocket more money in 2014 than he would have under his old deal, but because of how the deal is structured his cap hit (which is what ultimately matters) for 2014 is significantly reduced, from 12.4 to 7.8. His cap numbers for the remainder of the contract get no higher than 6.7. That’s not a bad deal at all. People (including media members) need to learn how the cap works before they go posting crap.

  26. weepingjebus says: Feb 17, 2014 2:03 PM

    “has 30 sacks left in him”

    What an odd way to rate a player. He should probably stretch this out by only recording 2-3 sacks a year.

  27. profish13 says: Feb 17, 2014 2:09 PM

    First you grossly overpay a slightly above average QB, then you let the receiver that made him look so good leave over $2M, now you cap it off by grossly overpaying a player who is past his prime.

  28. thebirdsareback says: Feb 17, 2014 2:09 PM

    All the Ravens haters are just mad because they have to deal with suggs for 4 more years. Haters do one thing, and thats hate. Not a smidgen of actually intelligence is on these threads. Its embarrassing for this website they allow such non-sense. Anonymity makes a lot of weak, pathetic, lazy, stupid, football fans real brave. Brave enough infact to make stupid unintelligent comments just to make themselves feel better about their sorry life. And just for those who are reading…when did the vikings get good? last time i checked they were one of the least winning franchises in NFL history. With no future in sight. Now they have trolls too?

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 17, 2014 2:17 PM

    So for all those AFCN trolls who think Ozzie has gone senile, you really ought to know the details before opening your collective mouths. And for the Steeler fans – our average age on defense is less than 27 years. Which is a lot younger than yours.

    Average age on defense sure helps JumpBallJoe throw less interceptions… Right.raven fan logic at its finest.

    Good for Sizzle and for the ravens trying to do things the steeler way. Keep trying little brothers you may get there yet.

  30. ez4u2sa says: Feb 17, 2014 2:21 PM

    He’s not worth it but, then again, they have a history of overpaying in Baltimore. See Flacco, Joe.

  31. jamaltimore says: Feb 17, 2014 2:21 PM

    Joe Flacco missed the Playoff once in his career,he will be back this year and he’ll be there with his defensive leader Sizzle and little ray ray with an axe to grind.

    Remember Ravens Fans Nobody likes Goliath!!!

  32. getyourownname says: Feb 17, 2014 2:30 PM

    Steeler trolls have to be excused; they don’t have experience with a front office that knows how to deal with older veterans other than by restructuring contracts to create worse cap hell later. In contrast, contract extensions (which are different from restructurings) like Suggs’ that reduce cap issues and allow other signings now are the smart approach. Many media writers probably don’t understand the difference, either.

  33. nonetruerthanblue says: Feb 17, 2014 2:38 PM

    How did this happen?

  34. citizenstrange says: Feb 17, 2014 2:41 PM

    T-Fizzle. I liked him better when he was called Adalius Thomas or Bart Scott.

  35. ingraven says: Feb 17, 2014 2:41 PM

    If Ozzie cut Suggs, people were gonna troll and say “Ozzie’s dumb”, “What a bad GM” blah blah blah. If Ozzie re-signed Suggs, people are still saying negative things. There’s no winning with trolls.

  36. Joemontanaflacco says: Feb 17, 2014 2:46 PM

    Keeping these defensive leaders is not smart. Ozzie hung on to Ray Lewis and look what happened. Instead of sitting on the couch in 2013, Ravens were forced to play four more games, including a bothersome Super Bowl. They should toss these pass rushers out on their ears like James Harrison. That way, the players can start their vacations early.

  37. sbchampsagain says: Feb 17, 2014 2:49 PM

    The Ravens were already $10M under the projected cap BEFORE this move. This should give them even more breathing room to fix that OL.

    Alex Mack will look nice in Purple and Black, Purple and Black, Purple and Black.

  38. SmashMouthFootball says: Feb 17, 2014 3:06 PM

    A few beat me to the punch line. This lowers his cap hit significantly and gives the Ravens nearly $18M under the cap. It is a great move.

    But, as usual, we won’t let the truth get in the way of a chance to sound ignorant.

  39. rockthered1286 says: Feb 17, 2014 3:13 PM

    You people are all idiots. You see one player over 30 sign and suddenly the entire D is old.

    Elam (22), Art Brown (22), Webb (28), Jimmy Smith (25), McPhee (25), Ngata (30), Suggs (30), Dumervil (31), Upshaw (24), McClain (28), Brandon Williams (24), and the secret weapons John Simon (23) and Capri-Lewis (23). That’s the CORE of your D. No player over 31.

    Meanwhile in Pitt… Keisel (35), Clark (34), Foote (33), Ike Taylor (33), Polomalu (32), Woodley (29). AND BALTIMORE IS OLD???

    Like I said- idiots. Get a clue before commenting on how old the Ravens are. Also while we’re at it… how’s your cap situation in Pittsburgh again??? Ravens are roughly $26M ahead of Pitt in cap space with no restructured contracts to worry about that are heavy backloaded. Cheers!

  40. tvjules says: Feb 17, 2014 3:29 PM

    Suggs is celebrating at McDonalds with Flacco right now.

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 17, 2014 3:45 PM

    Like I said- idiots. Get a clue before commenting on how old the Ravens are. Also while we’re at it… how’s your cap situation in Pittsburgh again??? Ravens are roughly $26M ahead of Pitt in cap space with no restructured contracts to worry about that are heavy backloaded. Cheers!

    I am sure when the Steelers beat the Ravens this year you will be the first to blame it on our cap hell right? Is there a cap contest you bet on and how did that effect our last twelve games ? Genius of the cap please enlighten we lesser blessed fans.

  42. overratedsteelerhater says: Feb 17, 2014 3:46 PM

    Steeler fans already running scared, they are in so much cap trouble.lets just see who they keep and cut.i can’t wait till the dust settles in pitt and see what the got!!!!

  43. bengaliballer says: Feb 17, 2014 3:46 PM

    Clump him into the group of Freeney, Umenyiora, and Abraham is actually misguided. Pass rushing is important, but that’s basically the only thing these guys can do. You can run at these guys all day long and they sure as hell can’t play in pass coverage.
    Suggs is an excellent pass rusher but he’s also one of the best edge-setting run defenders in the NFL. He’s also great at reading pass coverages and dropping into coverage. He’s basically one of the best rounded linebackers/DE’s in the league and he’s the spirit of the ravens D, so this deal is worth it.

  44. rockthered1286 says: Feb 17, 2014 3:48 PM

    Oh and Cincy knuckleheads- are we ready to eat crow?

    Boley (31), Crocker (33), Geathers (30), Harrison (35), Hall (29), Pacman (30), Reggie Nelson (30), Terrence Newman (35)….

    But yanno… the RAVENS are the old team in the AFCN…

  45. baltimoresnativeson says: Feb 17, 2014 4:09 PM

    I still can’t name 5 outside linebackers better than him in all 3 phases….

    stopping the run / pass coverage / pass rushing

    Only guys do it better are…

    1. Von Miller
    2. Aldon Smith
    3. Ware
    4. Clay Matthews

    Thats it, Suggs is better than any other OLB in the league.

    No way Ravens would have let him walk.

  46. realskipbayless says: Feb 17, 2014 4:12 PM

    It’s alright redrocket cincy’s old team is gonna be division champs again this year…. Hopefully we can just get a win in the playoffs.

  47. troy43mvp says: Feb 17, 2014 4:16 PM

    Now the Ravens have an old washed up LB for two years instead of one. Still though, no where as dumb as the Flacco contract. That was one for the ages.

  48. winstonjed44 says: Feb 17, 2014 4:45 PM

    The contract extension lowered his cap number from 12.4 mil to 7.8 mil, which is what the Raven’s needed to do, but it still is kind of surprising how much they gave him.

  49. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 17, 2014 4:48 PM

    Boley… backup, barely played, won’t be resigned Crocker… retired
    Geathers… backup
    Harrison… situational player (379 snaps)
    Hall… not yet 30
    Pacman… just turned 30
    Reggie Nelson… just turned 30
    Terrence Newman… look, the blind squirrel finds a nut

    Cherry pick much?

  50. theuglitruth says: Feb 17, 2014 4:48 PM

    Ozzie: slipping lately.

  51. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 17, 2014 5:17 PM

    ozzie needs to be check for a concussion.

  52. dcapettini says: Feb 17, 2014 5:25 PM

    Ten years ago Pittsburgh fans said that they really didn’t have a rivalry with Baltimore because Baltimore wasn’t good enough. Now they are so worked up over every Ravens post that they spit on themselves. I note that Ciincy and Cleveland fans do not try to hog other team’s posts because they are real fans, not trolls. I guess we have more trolls in Pittsburgh because of all the bridges over those 3 rivers.

  53. Ed Bandell says: Feb 17, 2014 5:40 PM

    Apparently the author of this article may not realize how NFL contracts work.

    The only part of that money that Suggs will see is the $16 million. The rest of that (non-guaranteed) is exactly that. They can cut him at any point after the first two seasons and not owe him a dime.

    That is why players push for big signing bonuses and guaranteed deals. You read somewhere that a QB gets a 6 year deal for $100 million…but generally they are only really looking at $60 million over the first 3 years, the rest is all up in the air unless the team WANTS to pay him the rest.

  54. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 17, 2014 5:51 PM

    Ten years ago Pittsburgh fans said that they really didn’t have a rivalry with Baltimore because Baltimore wasn’t good enough. Now they are so worked up over every Ravens post that they spit on themselves. I note that Ciincy and Cleveland fans do not try to hog other team’s posts because they are real fans, not trolls. I guess we have more trolls in Pittsburgh because of all the bridges over those 3 rivers.

    So how do you explain away the numerous raven trolls on steeler posts? Please even a blatant hypocrite like yourself must have an explanation. And what do you mean by we…you have a mouse in your pocket?

  55. thetooloftools says: Feb 17, 2014 5:52 PM

    I wish all parties well. after Flacco sucked the life out of their cap space through his unbridled greed.

  56. leksington says: Feb 17, 2014 5:57 PM

    Ozzie Newsome is such terrible GM. He is never going to put together a team that can win a championship.

  57. profish13 says: Feb 17, 2014 8:08 PM

    It’s not about resigning Suggs, if some of you would actually read the comments being made. It’s about signing him to the dollar amount that they did, when several other notable names in similar positions took significantly less.

    I am no Ravens fan, but I get Suggs is important to the team, I in no way advocate cutting him. Things aren’t always so black and white if you’re willing to actually take a step back. You’re allowed to sign a player for something in the middle of what they did, it didn’t have to be either overpay or cut and nothing else.

  58. profish13 says: Feb 17, 2014 8:14 PM

    Then again, this all stems from the ridiculous contract given to Flacco. So tired of reading that he lead them to a playoff game every season except this one. Can any reasonable person actually say with a straight face that Flacco deserves the kind of money that Brady, Peyton, Rodgers, or Brees gets?

    He’s not even a top 10 QB, yet hes paid like hes top 5. He was nothing special before his amazing super bowl run, and he was nothing after. He had one fantastic run, that somehow justifies breaking the bank?

    Also, let’s not give credit to people like Boldin who basically deserve a 1/3 of that contract for making him looking so good.

    “JoeMontannaFlacco,” if there was ever blasphemy in football lore, that would be the epitome of it.

  59. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 18, 2014 1:09 PM

    to all you smartasses out there who “know how NFL contracts work” and are trying to demean the rest of us,
    if they’ve altered his cap number for next year, that would most likely necessitate a restructuring of the current deal, which probably occurred during the negotiation of the extension…buuuuttt, i’m sure you guys already knew that…
    so before you guys continue acting like we’re the only team who restructures to push cap dollars for one year down to put them into another. only difference is that you ALSO extended where we elected not to (as you intelligently wouldnt on a person like Ben who had 3 or 4 years left on the deal to begin with, but intelligently would on a person like Suggs who was entering the final year)
    and simmer down anyway, you were 8-8 just like us and BEHIND us in the standings

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