Is Love Enough to Keep Terrell Suggs and Ravens Together?
Clearly, there’s a lot of love between Suggs and the Ravens, and in the immortal words of Captain and Tennille, “love will keep us together.” Then again, Captain and Tennille ended up getting a divorce.
Despite the desire of both Suggs and the Ravens to have the potential NFL Hall of Fame linebacker back in Baltimore for his 17th season, getting a deal done that appeals to the 36-year-old pending unrestricted free agent and the organization might be a challenge.
Suggs is not quite the dominant force he once was, but he has remained a highly productive player and undoubtedly is a team leader.
“DeCosta’s challenge is assuring Suggs gets a paycheck and a role he desires without damaging other aspects of the team,” Penn Live’s Aaron Kasinitz wrote. “DeCosta can’t let sentimentality weigh down a top defense that hopes to ascend in 2019 or clog valuable salary cap space. … The Ravens must project what Suggs can offer next year in terms of pass-rush production, leadership and steady play across the board. Then they’ll need to see if Suggs will sign a contract that matches DeCosta’s valuation.”
WNST’s Luke Jones offered a similar take on the situation.
“Talks will be delicate in trying to be realistic about the 36-year-old’s current value without insulting someone who’s been so critical to the organization,” he wrote. “You hope something can be worked out that makes sense for both sides.
Even though Suggs wants to end his career in Baltimore, he has made it clear that he will play elsewhere in 2019 if things don’t work out with the Ravens. If Suggs hits the open market, he could be attractive to a contending team.
During the “Around The NFL” podcast earlier this week, co-host Gregg Rosenthal said Suggs would be a good fit for the New England Patriots. Also, Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox wrote: “For a contending team like the Patriots, the Los Angeles Rams or the Kansas City Chiefs, Suggs could be the kind of veteran presence who helps deliver a Lombardi Trophy.”