With three linebackers poised to hit free agency, the Baltimore Ravens faced a trilemma regarding the use of the franchise tag.
They could use it on Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, or Bart Scott.
The choice, barring a long-term deal by Thursday at 4:00 p.m. EST, is Suggs.
“If we don’t have a deal, we will franchise him,” Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.  [Editor’s note:  Hey, I know him.]
Using the tag on Suggs will cost $10.2 million under the 20069 salary cap — and necessarily will mean that, absent a long-term deal, Lewis and Scott and other free agents (such as safety Jim Leonhard) will hit the open market.