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Street Talk Is the Bandwagon Full?  

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Reports surfaced over the weekend that Terrell Suggs had a message for the National Football League: Ravens or bust.

The veteran linebacker was released by the Cardinals on Friday. Arizona is not in contention for a playoff spot and wants to get a look at some of its younger players.

Suggs, 37, has battled injuries over the second half of the season and his production has tailed off. He has 5.5 sacks in 13 games, but almost all of those came in the first six weeks of the season. 

Still, he is confident he can help the Ravens’ pass rush, which is tied with Dallas and Tampa Bay for 15th in the league with 34 sacks. 

Even though his preference is to come back to Baltimore, do the Ravens want him? 

Suggs, who is the Ravens’ franchise leader in sacks (132.5) and games played (229), signed with his hometown Cardinals in the offseason. Any team would have to pay him just over $350,000 for the final two weeks of the regular season.

At 12-2, the Ravens have the last waiver claim among all 32 teams. There are several teams that could potentially have interest in Suggs, most notably the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots might also have interest, which would be even more gamesmanship toward the Ravens, who are their biggest obstacle to getting back to the Super Bowl.

The situation should be resolved by 4 p.m. Monday. 

Suggs reportedly said he won’t report to any team except Baltimore. 

The Ravens, though, have a strong locker room and the players say much of their success this season has been the result of that team chemistry, which has been largely attributed to the energy of running back Mark Ingram. 

“He’s brought a lot. Since every game, you know Mark is going to be turned up for the game,” cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. “He’s going to be turned up during the week of practice. He’s brought a lot of energy to the team, and that energy is contagious. I’ve heard, ‘Mark is a great addition in the locker room.’ That’s what guys have said, and people say, ‘I love Mark as a teammate,’ and I do, too. Not just because of the player he is, but because of the person he is and how he gets you going. 

“Sometimes he can be a little much, but before the game, I’ll be like, ‘Is this guy going to tire himself out?’ I’ll be like, ‘Dang, that energy is crazy.’ But then he goes on the field and he keeps it going. I love being on his team, and it’s crazy. I never … I guess I didn’t watch him, what he would do with the Saints and things. They said he’s always been the same, but I never would have thought he would act like that. He’s so hyped and he gets you going, I will say that.”

Suggs has a larger than life personality and his presence would definitely be felt in Owings Mills. There were also be a media frenzy if he signs with the Ravens, who are already being inundated with countless interview requests and available space for out-of-town reporters.

The Ravens beat Arizona 23-17 in Week 2. Suggs finished with three tackles. 

“It was bittersweet. It was good to be back, and it was great to play in the stadium where I played most of my career,” Suggs said after the game. “I really wanted to win, but this was the weirdest thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

It will be an interesting decision for the Ravens.

They’ve been clicking on all cylinders with the current group of players.

Is there room for T-Sizzle?

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Todd Karpovich

About Todd Karpovich

Todd Karpovich has been a contributor for ESPN, the Associated Press, SportsXchange, the Baltimore Sun, among other media outlets nationwide. He is the co-author of “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Baltimore Ravens Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box,” “Skipper Supreme: Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles,” and the author of “Manchester United (Europe's Best Soccer Clubs).” Karpovich lives in Towson with his wife, Jill, daughters, Wyeth and Marta, and a pair of dogs, Sarah and Rory. More from Todd Karpovich
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