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Looks Like It’s Extension or Cut for Terrell Suggs

Street Talk Looks Like It’s Extension or Cut for Terrell Suggs

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11+ Comments RAYVENRAYG says They need to extend T.Suggs because there is no way we want him to go to another AFCN team with an attitude and spend his time trying to kill JOE to prove how w
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“There’s a difference between restructuring and offering guys extensions,” Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said at the team’s annual “State of the Ravens” address on Wednesday regarding the Ravens’ salary cap issues.

“I think we’ll continue with our theme of not restructuring contracts,” Newsome said. “We have guys that are in the last year of their contract or heading into the last year of their contract, and we’ve had a history of being able to get good deals done with guys heading into that last year. I don’t think we will embark on doing any more restructuring, but we will probably end up doing some extensions.”

One player that is certainly a candidate for an extension is linebacker Terrell Suggs. While the Ravens remained non-committal about what their plans regarding Suggs are at this time, Newsome acknowledged that the conversations have begun.

“Well, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to Suggs every day,” Ozzie said, smiling. “That’s a decision that we’ll talk about.”

The Ravens are faced with a sticky situation when it comes to Suggs for the 2014 season. It was almost as if the team used the press conference to basically say to Suggs, “we aren’t afraid to cut anyone, including you.”

Newsome reaffirmed his position on releasing players if they fail to reach a contract extension with a pay reduction.

“Terrell is a real good football player. He not only shows up in the pass game, but he shows up in the run game,” Newsome said.

“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.”

Suggs may want to take a look around the locker room and notice that Anquan Boldin isn’t there anymore and that’s exactly why – because he refused to take a pay cut. The Ravens brass are not afraid to pull the trigger when it comes to those types of decisions.

Sizzle started strong in 2013 and looked as if he was well on his way to another defensive MVP-type season, recording nine sacks in eight games before falling off in the second half of the season. Suggs finished 2013 with a team-high 10 sacks and recorded 80 total tackles.

So what is the value of a player who is 31 years old, and should the Ravens move on from Suggs if they fail to reach an agreement?

Earlier this month the Russell Street Reports own salary cap wizard salary Brian McFarland had this to say regarding Suggs and his contract situation:

A contract extension would likely keep Suggs a Raven for the rest of his career and lower his 2013 Cap number of $12.4M by a good $3-5M.

Releasing Suggs would create an immediate $7.8M in Salary Cap space and would go a long way toward creating an abundance of Cap space to address other issues.

A healthy, motivated Suggs is a no-brainer and well worth the extension for sure, but if the second half of the season is any indication of the direction the six-time Pro Bowler is heading, then by all means free up the money and move on.

The team certainly has holes that could be filled with the cap savings.

 

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RAYVENRAYG
RAYVENRAYG

They need to extend T.Suggs because there is no way we want him to go to another AFCN team with an attitude and spend his time trying to kill JOE to prove how wrong we were to let him go. He seems to disappear like NGATA because they are eating up blockers allowing D. Smith to play sideline to sideline like RAY always did. Additionally other teams would do things to negate his rush like running at him, having additional blockers help whoever he was playing against and getting the ball out quicker reducing the time for a sack to develop. Everyone seems to take the notion that he should be destroying everyone he has blocking him and sacking on every play and ignoring or completely forgetting that he is often facing the best oline blockers the other team has, and who are usually excellent players in their own right which can reduce how effective any player facing them can be. We were also rebuilding not only the defense but the trust & chemistry that it runs on. Given the new players versus the ones we lost there was a lot of trust & chemistry to be rebuilt. Our current defense struggled to get off the field just like Ray & Ed's last year and they had reduced turnover production and almost total loss of defensive scoring. But we were in every game all year and lost by more than one score in only 3 games (Denver, Patriots & the Bengals). One offensive score would have won any of our other 5 losses this year. We need to retain as much of this defense as we can affort, fix & improve the OLINE and pick up some addition weapons and replenish our defensive depth. OZZIE has his work cut out for him this year but he has consistantly proven he can do it. Find a way to keep sizzle or we may very well regret it.

TRUTH
TRUTH

Ozzie isn't cutting Sizzle, period. Premiere pass rushers that can stop the run don't get released over $7 mill in cap space...then when u have to spend 3-4 mill replacing that with someone productive the cap space actually saved is insignificant. This is negotiation tactics and a warning nothing more. The warning being either produce or reduce. The only positives that would come with moving on from Sizzle are the draft picks we would receive in a trade bcuz Ozzie isnt stupid enough to just cut him. Sizzle would be paid in a heart beat on the open market, Rex or pagano would sign him at the drop of a dime and I'm sure that's the point he and his agent are making in negotiations. But Ozzie is a savvy GM, he's uses this presser every year to send messages to rogue agents. flacco, grubs, Kruger, boldin...message being I don't bluff and I don't blink so don't jump little frog cuz u will get kicked out of the pond. Sizzle will use this as motivation and the incentive laden contract he finally ends up accepting will have plenty of potential for that final big contract money assuming he earns it every year. Suggs is a Raven thru and thru and he wants to retire a Baltimore legend. I have no doubt this will eventually get worked out to benefit both sides.

josh
josh

Charlie and Boldin Raver Agreed 100%. I mean so Sizzle fell off his DPOY Pace in the second half, but the factors for that are many not 1 is solely just Sizzle fault himself. Teams got the ball out quicker, teams started double and chipping Sizzle, and bigger factor Dumervil is a 1 way player. He is a situational pass rusher, who only gets on the field on 3rd downs on if were up by 14+ and we can just pass rush non stop. So Sizzle was basically a 1 man band a lot of the time and still came up with a 80 Tackle 10 Sack 6th pro bowl season. 80 and 10 is a pro bowl any year for a total package 3-4 OLBr/DE, and with Sizzle having 6x Pro bowl 94.5 Career Sacks and a Core Franchise Raven no way to not Extend him.. I know based off track record and other players of similar ilk like Demarcus Ware whos the same or older, that Sizzle can put up 3-4 more 80-10 pro bowl years and lock stock HOF CAREER

josh
josh

Charlie and Boldin Raver Agreed 100%. I mean so Sizzle fell off his DPOY Pace in the second half, but the factors for that are many not 1 is solely just Sizzle fault himself. Teams got the ball out quicker, teams started double and chipping Sizzle, and bigger factor Dumervil is a 1 way player. He is a situational pass rusher, who only gets on the field on 3rd downs on if were up by 14+ and we can just pass rush non stop. So Sizzle was basically a 1 man band a lot of the time and still came up with a 80 Tackle 10 Sack 6th pro bowl season. 80 and 10 is a pro bowl any year for a total package 3-4 OLBr/DE, and with Sizzle having 6x Pro bowl 94.5 Career Sacks and a Core Franchise Raven no way to not Extend him.. I know based off track record and other players of similar ilk like Demarcus Ware whos the same or older, that Sizzle can put up 3-4 more 80-10 pro bowl years and lock stock HOF CAREER

charlie
charlie

boy, there aren't any more ravens fans around any more. t suggs, other than the crap season after his big contract has ABSOLUTEY been one of "the core ravens". how about coming back after an "akill" injury when he could have packed it in, but he came back-because. this year, while #58 was playing a third of the snaps #55 was playing, TS just might of run out of gas-did anyone see TS dog it? everyone was so high on sugg's OFF-SEASON conditioning regiment and now what-he ain't any good/fat? t suggs IS the "raven way" not costillio, cadwell, cam, or most of harbaugh's staff that had shown up through his tenure here. i guarantee you that b. rothlisberger, whoever is the qb in cleveland and the kid in cinn will step easier if T SIZZLE ain't around.

Nate
Nate

I hate to say it, but if he doesnt show worth in this off season, we have to give a youngster a shot... draft a potential replacement to build the D around in line with elam and smith

-joe d
-joe d

I say release Suggs and use the money to sign Alex Mack, the All Pro center from the Browns.

Boldin Raver
Boldin Raver

I like the way you think, Charlie. I think people look at the sack stats in a vacuum and don't account for how offenses were adapting to the pressure being created by Sizzle and Doom. I think teams were abandoning some longer developing plays. I didn't see a lot of runs come Sizz's way, either, and he still drops into coverage well. I'm a little worried that we lose Siz and it opens a Pandora's box of unanticipated problems. Then what? You think these people crying for his head will be saying "I'm sorry, I was wrong!"

akacrow
akacrow

One problem, the Ravens defense was tied for last in giving up plays over 40 yards.

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