Terrell Suggs preparing for possibility that Ravens tenure is coming to an end

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The Ravens will take on the Texans on Monday night in the first of their final six regular season games of the year and a win will help their chances of extending their year into the postseason.

If that happens, it could also serve to extend linebacker Terrell Suggs‘ time in Baltimore. The 35-year-old has no plans to stop playing, but has seen plenty of players, including longtime teammate Ed Reed, move on to other teams in the twilight of their career. He’s also seen the team bring in young pass rushers over the last few offseasons, so he knows he could be moving on when the year ends.

“I would really love to be in one place my whole career. Not many players can say they did that,” Suggs said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “But I also understand this is a business and that might not happen. I’m pretty much making my peace with it now. I’m preparing myself for it just in case. What will be, will be.”

If Suggs does go, finances will likely be a big part of the decision. The Ravens can save $4 million against the cap in 2018 by releasing Suggs, who has shown he can still get to the quarterback with a team-high 7.5 sacks through the first 10 games of the season.

That should be a good argument for remaining in town through at least the end of his current deal and should keep Suggs in the league in the event the Ravens do move on without him.

16 responses to “Terrell Suggs preparing for possibility that Ravens tenure is coming to an end

  1. You will not be missed by this Steelers fan, I believe this dude has more sacks on Ben Roethlisberger than any other player. Old or not, he has been a nightmare that probably still haunts Big Ben’s dreams.

  2. As per usual, I have to launch into a diatribe when a player says “this is a business”. No, this would have little to nothing to do with the “business” aspect of things. A business cuts a cost to save money to help the bottom line. But NFL teams operate under the LITERAL “zero sum game” that is the salary cap; that is to say, every dollar given to one player is one dollar fewer that cannot go to acquiring more talent. On the other hand, MLB teams, for example, always have the luxury of choosing whether or not to spend extra dollars on talent, and so can decide to hold onto declining, iconic players. If an NFL team does that, though, it is basically saying “we are willingly reducing our chances of victory in order to keep an iconic player around”. That is NOT a BUSINESS decision; it is a FOOTBALL and COMPETITION decision.

  3. As a Steeler fan i was floored when they got rid of Haloti Ngata.. they have suffered ever since.. Suggs still plays at a high level.. but its their QB’s contract that has them in cap HELL… Flappo is wayyyyyyyyy over paid!

  4. And next week will be the first of their final five games of the regular season… and the following week will be first of final four…. every week is their first game… exciting isn’t it?

  5. steelerfanjo says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:50 am
    Guy should not even be in NFL.

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    Agreed. He once poured bleach on his son and dragged his gf out of a moving car.

    For some reason, “Article 46” wasn’t in play for Goodell even though he specifically told us its use was always about doing whatever he chooses to do.

    Kinda funny how Goodell has protected the Ravens with their despicable players, huh?

    He must REALLY like to play golf at Augusta National with Bisciotti, wouldn’t you say?

  6. redsoxu571 says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:29 am

    As per usual, I have to launch into a diatribe when a player says “this is a business”. No, this would have little to nothing to do with the “business” aspect of things. A business cuts a cost to save money to help the bottom line. But NFL teams operate under the LITERAL “zero sum game” that is the salary cap; that is to say, every dollar given to one player is one dollar fewer that cannot go to acquiring more talent…
    That is NOT a BUSINESS decision; it is a FOOTBALL and COMPETITION decision.
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    How do you not see it has everything to do with business? The proper allocation of finite resources to maximize production is a fundamental tenet of business.

  7. Nothing to do with Flacci’s contracts It’s the simple fact that the Ravens’s have Matt Judon who is 24 and is playing on Suggs level maybe even better and do have Za’Darius Smith 25 and Bowser and Tim Williams 22

  8. bettis3636 says:

    November 27, 2017 at 10:32 am

    As a Steeler fan i was floored when they got rid of Haloti Ngata.. they have suffered ever since.. Suggs still plays at a high level.. but its their QB’s contract that has them in cap HELL… Flappo is wayyyyyyyyy over paid!

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    Well, you clearly haven’t paid much attention then. They got rid of Ngata for declining production amidst suspensions over substance abuse. Coupled with the likes of Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce behind him, the Ravens knew it was a good time to let him go. I’d say the Ravens made out pretty well with that on. They played it just right in that case. Had nothing to do with Flacco.

  9. Isn’t he under contract through 2018? Reed was a free agent when he split for the Texans. Suggs isn’t a free agent until after the 2018 season. We may be getting ahead of ourselves a little bit here.

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