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Suggs get paid

Posted on: July 15, 2009 10:17 am
If the preliminary details coming out on the six-year contract Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs agreed to Wednesday are accurate, which they often aren't because of hyping agents, Suggs received more guaranteed money than any other defensive player.

I like Suggs -- hey, he's a Sun Devil -- but he's not the best defensive player in the league.

In the past two seasons, he's had a total of 13 sacks, eight in 2008. He hasn't had double-digit sacks since his second season in 2004. The Ravens paid him a reported $33 million in guaranteed money. That's crazy.

"Getting a deal done with Terrell is consistent with our history of retaining our best Pro Bowl players, like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Jonathan Ogden, Todd Heap and Jamal Lewis,” Ravens general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome said in a statement released by the team. “Securing Terrell for six seasons gives us a premier pass-rusher whose ability to stop the run does not get enough credit. When I think of what Terrell can do for us – the AFC Championship game immediately comes to mind when he sacked Big Ben [Ben Roethlisberger] two times even while playing with an injured shoulder. This will be Suggs’ seventh season, and he is still a young player (Suggs will be 26 at the start of the season). Remember, he came to us as a 20-year old rookie after his junior year in college. This is a good day for the Ravens franchise.”

And an expensive one. For that money, Suggs better produce double-digit sack totals in 2009.


Category: NFL

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2009 5:00 pm

Suggs get paid

The hell do you mean, "Suggs Gets Paid"...was he playing for free?

Just a thought, but how many posters on this site would play 1 year in the NFL for your current earnings???
Like if you were a 50 or 60 thousand a year construction, or marketing, or computer programmer, or whatever and you had the chance to suit up, travel to other cities, walk on that field under the lights and play a GAME!!!

Money has absolutely ruined this sport. I wish my kids could of seen real football back in the 70's and 80's.

By the way, how many players give $ back when they don't perform up to their contractual expectations??? But one or two good years and lets rip the deal up, and "PAY ME!!!"

Horse Puckey!!!

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2009 11:45 am

Suggs get paid

Another front end loaded contract! What is the over/under on him crying for a new deal in 3 years? Do these players really want long term contracts? How many of you have seen raises in these kind of percentile jumps?

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2009 11:02 am

Suggs get paid

I'm not normally a big fan of Prisco either. In this case, I think he was using the article demonstrate that they were paying Suggs all of this money in order to resign a "premiere pass-rusher". Then, when you look at his stats, he really isn't that at all. I agree with your description of the type of player he his. I don't think Prisco is questioning Suggs' ability to play either. He just thinks that's an awful lot of money to spend on a pass rusher, if the pass rusher doesn't really record sacks.

Personally, if the ratio between positional abilty and salary is related, I don't think Suggs' ability warrants him having the highest LB salary in the league. Realistically, there are several guys that come to mind for that category. However, there was no doubt that the Ravens had to resign Suggs, in fact they were counting on it when they let Scot go. and demand I guess, Suggs gets the big payday by being in the right place at the right time.

Now that they've lost one of their big three LB's, let's see if he is worth the money and takes it up a notch to try to pick up some of the slack.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2009 9:11 am

Suggs get paid

Who is this Pete Prisco and how did he get this Job? It just goes to prove what I have been saying for years, just because you write a blog for a newspaper or an internet site DOES NOT mean you know what you are talking/writing about.

Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: July 16, 2009 5:46 am

Suggs get paid

He sack numbers have gone down because he is a more complete player now, dropping into coverage and playing the run instead of just rushing the quarterback.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2009 5:09 am

Suggs get paid

For that money, Suggs better produce double-digit sack totals in 2009. Why? He's not John Abraham. His tasks don't include exclusively rushing the passer.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2009 4:14 am

Suggs get paid

What I don't understand is the Ravens gave him a 6 year $63 million with $33 million garunteed yet Julius Peppers was unable to strike a deal with the Panthers. Yes he is 29 years old, but seriously he is headed into his 8th season he has only had two seasons...2003, and 2007 in which he didn't have double digit sacks. He has only missed 6 games in his career, not to mention he has racked up 339 tackles, 70.5 sacks, 36 passes deflected, 4 interceptions, and even 1 td. Last season alone he forced 5 fumbles. Suggs is headed into only his 7th season yet he has already hit 368 tackles, 53 sacks, 28 pass defelections, 5 ints, and 2 tds. Like Prisco said he hasn't had a double digit sack year since 2004 in which he had 10.5 and if you look at his totals, he has yet to match the 12 sacks he put up his rookie season. I am not sure whether it is because he splits time at defensive end, and linebacker or if he is just not quite the pass rusher standing up as he is at the end position either way Peppers is a consistent performer. You can count on him to put up double digit sacks almost every year, despite who may be playing opposite him. This year they have Everette Brown, Tyler Brayton, and second year man Charles Johnson. They also drafted Corvey Irvin the athletic defensive tackle from Georgia to help compliment the run stuffing duo of Maake Kemoeatu who stands 6-5 345, and Damoine Lewis the better pass rusher of the two who stands 6-2 301. Honestly I expect a lot of sacks out of this defensive line. Between Johnson, Peppers, Brayton and Lewis last season they tallied up 28.5 sacks. I am guessing adding Irvin and Brown will only make that total go up. When you have a defensive line that produces that kind of pressure on the qb it makes your defense look better across the board. point being Peppers should've been offered a long term deal. On top of that John Fox should start implementing some 3-4 formations to help utilize Peppers' speed. They have the talent to run that defense. Peppers could play outside linebacker, Kemoeatu nose tackle, Dan Connor, and John Beason the inside backers, Thomas Davis opposite Peppers. With Lewis and Irvin kicking outside as ends. It would add another look that this defense could use.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2009 2:34 am

Suggs get paid

Suggs is a pass-rusher first and foremost. What would have been good to include would have been QB pressures, which are equally as important as sacks in my opinion. Pressuring a QB forces poor decisions to be made and reduces the time a QB feels like he has to make a decision even when there is no pressure. He tied for 5th among LBs in sacks and tied for 7th in INTs and tied for 5th in passes defended. At 26, that seems like a player I want to lock up for a long time.

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: July 16, 2009 2:27 am

Suggs get paid

Sign me up as one who doesn't agree with Mr. Prisco's analysis of Suggs contract. Suggs is still young and he epitomizes the Ravens defensive mentality. Everything can't be measured by sacks. There a too many variables; is he getting double-teamed,  is he a designated pass rusher or run stopper. Even if he's overpaid, he's  worth the investment risk given his age and production. Good job Ozzie!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2009 7:34 pm


I know it's been said, but this is obscene. This website's claims each day get more and more extreme and empty of factual evidence. When anyone that knows the NFL is a football league hears a name like Suggs, they are aware that they are speaking of one of the most intimidating defensive players in football. He stops the run, covers well, and is a phenomenal pass rusher. But that isn't the point at all... just an example of a much greater one.
Prisco and Freeman have resorted to making every article a statement of an extreme, and often very negative, opinion. In this article, Prisco tears apart the Raven front office and backs it up with one statistic. There is no counter-argument, just a few claims not meant to inform, but to shock the reader. This website rarely allows the reader to make a decision for themselves, because next to no relevant information is provided.
I hate CNN more than anything, but Sports Illustrated does one thing very well- their articles are thought out, researched, and most opinions both backed up and cited as being, in fact, just one sports writer's opinion. It's a shame that respectable writers like Goldstein have to have their reputation sullied writing for a site as unprofessional as this. 

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