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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: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 6:56 pm

Suggs get paid

I like Prisco Usually the nitwits just want to criticize the writers. This isn't a stupid article ... but you're right. He picks a sacks stat and hangs his hat on it as the basis for his argument. He is a young perennial pro-bowler. He isn't the best defensive player in the league right now. But all too often a healthy veteran that is labeled "the best" is often too old for a long term deal. I don't think this deal was dumb at all. I think he needs to modify his analysis and re-think what he's saying.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2009 6:41 pm

Suggs get paid

Full Disclosure:  Steelers fan here, but objective on signings usually.
I think Prisco's point was okay, but the argument wasn't sound.  Sacks are just one part of defense.  I think Aaron Smith never gets his due because he is a DE and doesn't rack up 15 sacks a year.  
Suggs is a well above average defender.  He is one of the top defenders on the Ravens.  The problem is that you are paying him more money than you really needed to, and that will impact keeping a "can't afford to lose" player down the road.  Yes the contract is somewhat front-loaded, but bonus hits equally across all years.  
Suggs is getting paid like the best defender in the league, but he isn't even best on his team.  I think the Ravens outbidded themselves, but then again, some stupid team, like the Raiders or Redskins, would have dropped more money on him down the road, so maybe the Ravens did what they had to do to keep him.
Any Ravens fan that trys to reason this out as not impacting any other future signings is a bit naive or in flat denial. 
I sometimes wish the Steelers kept their stars, but understanding if you pay one or two top players ungodly money, you will have to make due with spare parts all around them and that does not make a good team.  The Ravens have been successful more seasons than not the past 10 years, so I guess some confidence should be in order as far as Newsome's decision process.  
If the same type of player on the Steelers is signed for that kind of team-killing money, I will fall out of my chair, though it might happen.  Big Ben got his, but QB is such a different position from any other on the field.  
My big fear with the Steelers is how they cope with Lebeau moving on when that time comes.  I hope he coaches for another 5 years and does it well, but he ain't a whipper-snapper anymore.  Losing the best defensive coordinator of the past 20 years would be tough.
Ravens fans, one question, what do you think of all this Bengals making the playoff talk?   I think its silly.  Palmer could play like Marino reincarnated and it wouldn't enable the Bengals to overtake the well-rounded Ravens and Steelers.  There is NO way two teams get wildcards from this division.  I see one from North and one from the South.

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 5:28 pm

Suggs get paid

He might not be the best player on that team but they couldnt afford to lose to him. Ray Lewis cant play forever and more than likely wont see the length of his contract. Ed Reed has neck problems that will end his career when he decides to have surgery on it. Todd Heap has been injury plagued as well and most likely wont see the end of his contract without re working it. The Ravens lost Bart Scott and Jason Brown to bigger money deals both players they would have liked to keep. Ozzie Newsome understands the value of dollars and his eye for talent and sees Suggs as an investement he cant afford to lose. He might not be the sack machine artist that he was when he was drafted BUT his overall game has got light years better. He shuts down the run and has a few intereceptions as well.

Plus Ozzie couldnt afford to use the franchise tag a third year in a row with Haloti Ngata being a free agent at the end of the year as well as Mark Clayton. Ozzie is gonna tag Ngata and entertain the idea of landing some big time picks for him because of the ridiculous amount of money the Redskins paid to Albert Haynesworth, the outrageous money that will be due to Julius Peppers eventually and what Jared Allen and Dwight Freeney have got recently , there is only so much money to go around. Ozzie is confident he can find another lineman in the up and coming drafts, he isnt so sure he can find another linebacker that can do what Suggs can, its just that simple.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2009 5:14 pm

Suggs get paid

For Prisco to assume that Suggs isn't as important to the Ravens as most involved fans know he is indicates he needs to do a little more research.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 5:07 pm

Suggs get paid

Suggs got what he deserved hes much more than just someone who gets after the quarterback , the ravens locked up a leader for their D who is about to enter his prime GOOD SIGNING

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2009 3:45 pm

Suggs get paid

Suggs didnt play the role in 2008 that he used to. That role being rush every single down. He was asked to do other things, and he did them well.

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 3:15 pm

Suggs get paid

So I guess his 148 tackles 15 passes defended and 2 int's for TD's over the last 2 years are all for nothing!!!

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 3:07 pm

Number of sacks does not prove success

I agree with most of the comments I've seen- the number of sacks do not prove anything. When any player in the NFL becomes a true force, they usually become double teamed. This opens up holes for other players to get through and get sacks and create turnovers. The most important stat of them all is wins and the Ravens had 11 and as good as Flacco looked at times, everyone knows the Ravens win off their D. Interceptions do not prove how good a corner or safety is, TD's don't always portray how good a RB or QB is a system and Suggs' mere presence creates havoc for an opposing offense, this is why he gets paid. 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 2:28 pm

Suggs get paid

Hawkman, I don't think Prisco has ever done that much research for a blog post.

Actually, I'm not entirely sure he's done that much research for one of his articles, either.  Haha.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2009 1:13 pm
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