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Ravens Ink Suggs to Four-Year Contract Extension

Street Talk Ravens Ink Suggs to Four-Year Contract Extension

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The Baltimore Ravens made it official on Monday afternoon, as General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced at the Under Armour Performance Center that the team has inked veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs to a four-year contract extension.

The word around league circles is that Suggs is due $12 million total this season, and $16 million in guaranteed money in the new deal. Suggs’ cap number for 2014 goes from $12.4 million to around a likely $7.8M.

“What it does, it just allows us to have the opportunity to pursue some of our own guys,” Newsome said. “But also be prepared when free agency opens up March 11, if there’s players that are attractive to us, then we can pursue them.”

By signing Suggs, the Ravens all-time leader in sacks (94.5) and sack yardage (-673), the team cleared valuable salary cap space in an effort to retain key unrestricted free agents.

The six-time Pro-Bowler, who started all 16 games in 2013, recorded 10 sacks, 80 total tackles and one fumble recovery was estatic to have a chance to finish his career with the Ravens.

“I’ve learned the value of the word legacy, being on one team your whole career,” Suggs stated, speaking to Ray Lewis’ influence regarding legacy. “You learn more about priorities when you see a man like [Lewis].”

Suggs will turn 32 in October, and many consider him to be on the down side of his career. The way he finished 2013 after starting off so well only adds fuel to that fire. Still, Suggs doesn’t see it that way.

“I plan on coming back in phenomenal shape this year,” Suggs stated.  “I want to see if there’s another level I can hit.”

General manager Ozzie Newsome hinted that contract negotations with Suggs’ agent started about seven to 10 days ago. While Newsome did say the team weighs factors such age, longevity, and more before doing a contract extension for a veteran player like Suggs, retaining “Sizzle” appeared to be a priority for the Ravens. That’s been fairly evident ever since an offseason plan was established when team brass met with owner Steve Bisciotti in Florida last month.

The extension was a win-win for everyone. For Suggs, it’s doubtful that he would have obtained a more favorable amount then what Ravens offered and for the Ravens it gave them a mechanism to make this contract friendly to both sides going forward.

Suggs thanked the fans as well, as he knows how much the Ravens means to them.

“I can’t thank this city, and these fans enough… The fans really spoke and they wanted me to stay here. Sizzle is here for life.”

 

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Brian Bower is avid football fan who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Brian has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past two years for FootballNewsNow.com. His work has been featured on NFL.com and ESPN blogs. He is also a regular guest on ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii.   Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter.  Email him at bbower at russellstreetreport.com. More from Brian Bower
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