Baltimore Ravens Keep Defensive Tradition Alive With Re-Signing of Terrell Suggs

By Andrew Fisher
Terrell Suggs
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One of the biggest questions facing the Baltimore Ravens this offseason has already been answered. It was of course a question of whether Terrell Suggs would remain with the team long-term and whether he would agree to a new, less lucrative deal. Suggs was set to become a free agent following the 2014 season, but now that’s completely off the table with the LB’s agreeance to a new contract.

Suggs has signed a new four-year deal worth $30 million, that takes effect right away this upcoming season. He’ll be guaranteed $16 million, which will be paid out over the first two years. It’s expected that the restructure/renewal will save the Ravens about $4 million in cap space for 2014.

This is a great move by the Ravens and Suggs both. It’s nice to see an aging star willing to play for less money, and it’s nice to see that Suggs will remain a Raven. He’s spent his entire 11-year career in Baltimore and he’s now become the defense’s veteran leader, following in the footsteps of Ray Lewis. The Ravens are a team historically known for great defense and Suggs is one of the few remaining links to those great units from the 2000s.

Suggs has experienced a decrease in production over the last couple of years, but you can chalk that up to a torn Achilles and the fact that he’s now 31-years of age. He’s not the same guy he was five years ago, but he’s still pretty dang good. But even though he’s maybe lost half a step, he more than makes up for it by what he brings to the table in terms of leadership and experience.


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