Linebacker Terrell Suggs has not only been a leader on the Baltimore Ravens defense this past year, but he has been a driving force for the entire Ravens team. For ten seasons, Suggs played alongside Ray Lewis, a future Hall of Fame linebacker and the best leader the Ravens organization has ever had on their roster. When Lewis retired, Suggs took over and became one of the most passionate leaders on the field.
So why would the Ravens even think about not having their six-time Pro Bowl leader on the team next season?
Suggs takes up a large part of the team’s salary cap. Next season, he would be getting $12.4 million. If the Ravens choose to part ways with the linebacker, they would be saving an estimated $7.8 million.
The Ravens would like to come to terms with Suggs on a contract extension. Suggs is in the final year of his current contract with the Ravens. An extension would allow Suggs to stay in Baltimore and finish out his career where he started, a la Ray Lewis.
But this isn’t the first time the Ravens have dealt with this type of situation. Last offseason, the team went through this process with wide receiver Anquan Boldin and safety Ed Reed.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome is not afraid to stand his ground in these scenarios. When the organization could not come to an agreement for Boldin’s contract extension, the team’s leading receiver was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
“Terrell is a real good football player,” Newsome told reporters. “He not only shows up in the pass game, but he shows up in the run game. 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.”