Linebacker Terrell Suggs has been a powerhouse defensive player on the Ravens team for the past 10 seasons. He played along with future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis. When Lewis retired, Suggs stepped up and became the team`s influential leader.
It is undetermined if Terrell Suggs will remain a Raven. He takes up a large portion of the team`s salary cap. His contract for the 2014 season is 12.4 million. If the Ravens decide to part with Suggs, they would save around 7.8 million in cap space.
The Ravens encountered this situation last offseason with wide receiver Anquan Boldin and safety Ed Reed.
The organization is hoping to come to an agreement with Suggs on a contract extension. Since Suggs is in his final year of his current contract, an extension would keep him in Baltimore and allow him to retire a Raven, just like Ray Lewis.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome is no stranger to tough negotiations. Last offseason, the organization could not come to an agreement with Boldin’s contract extension and the leading wide receiver was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
“Terrell is a real good football player,” says Ozzie Newsome to reporters. “But with that being said, we let a good football player go last year. So 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.”
That statement speaks volumes for the fate of the team. Newsome will expect Suggs to take a pay cut in order to save cap space. And if Suggs decides not to, he will be traded, just like Boldin and Reed.
If Newsome decides to trade Suggs, hopefully he will save enough cap space to get a wide receiver that can connect on deep ball passes and convert 3rd downs, especially in the red zone. Maybe he can get some tougher offensive lineman that can protect Flacco.