The Baltimore Ravens have come to terms on a four-year contract extension with pass-rusher Terrell Suggs. This is the first huge move of the NFL's 2014 offseason, and it sets the Ravens up for some aggressive moves to improve upon a disappointing 2013 campaign.
The Ravens confirmed the news Monday afternoon:
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports first provided the news, adding the deal would make Suggs, "a Raven for life," per his source:
Albert Breer of NFL.com had the details on the financial breakdown of Suggs' deal:
Following the announcement, Suggs spoke about news (via the Ravens):
The star player also spoke about how the deal helps the Ravens and what his legacy with the organization (via Aaron Wilson and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun):
After the Ravens missed the playoffs in 2013 for the first time in John Harbaugh's six-year tenure, there were many who wondered if Suggs would be a part of the team's future. After all, general manager Ozzie Newsome didn't hesitate to cut ties with such stars as Ed Reed, Paul Kruger and Anquan Boldin just one year before.
He also was extremely guarded when discussing a potential new deal for Suggs when asked by media members back in early January, as relayed by Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com: "I'm not afraid when it comes to letting guys walk out the door. What we'll do is we'll look at every aspect of it and see what's best for the 2014 and '15 and '16 Ravens and make that decision."
However, it appears Newsome still sees plenty of use for Suggs, who led the team with 10 sacks last year. The veteran has tallied 94.5 sacks, 27 forced fumbles, seven interceptions, 45 passes defensed and 667 total tackles in his 12-year career.
It will be interesting to see what kind of money Suggs earns from this deal. However, Andrew Brandt of ESPN thinks the total amount is meaningless:
It wouldn't be surprising if Suggs took a hometown discount to help the Ravens retool for another Super Bowl run. After making the playoffs five years in a row under Harbaugh and winning Super Bowl XLVII, it must have killed him to watch the games from home this past season.
The Ravens could certainly use the cap help, too. According to ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert, Baltimore's cap number at this time comes in roughly at $115.95 million, which is just over $11 million under the projected cap of $127 million.
With big needs on both sides of the ball, any savings the team may have made this year could help Baltimore get back into the playoffs in 2014.
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