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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: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 12:22 pm

Suggs get paid

I'm not normally one for self-aggrandisation, but I find it impossible to believe that we don't now possess one of the league's top three defensive units. I'll give credit to Pittsburgh as being one of the others, and the third changes depending on how big a loss Albert Haynesworth proves to be for the Titans, but with this signing we have three players with genuine claims to being the best at their position in the league - Reed, Lewis, Suggs - along with one who's getting there and doesn't get a lot of attention - Haloti Ngata, take a bow - and plenty of potential at other spots - Dawan Landry and Tom Zbikowski, for two. If he keeps producing at the nine-sack average, this'll be a bargain.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2009 12:20 pm

Suggs get paid

All I'll say here is that a declaration of how many sacks a defensive player has dictating how successful they are is not a very educated approach to the game and is what fuels selfishness on the field.Thank you.  I'm no Ravens fan and don't particularly care what they paid Suggs.  But I did have a problem with the basis of Prisco's argument being a decline in sacks.  Not following the Ravens closely, I don't know if Suggs's role is as the designated pass rusher or if he is asked to do more.  Prisco seemed to comment as if Suggs's job was to rush the passer - but he should have supported that.  "Suggs was asked to rush the passer on 85% of passing downs in 2008" or "Suggs was asked to drop back more frequently" would have been the type of comment that reflected some actual research instead of just looking at the stat line and whining.

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 11:35 am

Suggs get paid

as a ravens fan i really like this deal, yeah the guaranteed money seems like a lot at $33.1, but what you have to realize is that he is only 25 years old and has already been in the league for 6 seasons with three pro-bowls.  very rare for a player his age.  Also, the contact is heavily front-loaded, unlike back-loaded like most contracts these days.  In the long run it will really help out the ravens with Ngata, Gaither, and Grubbs all receiving big raises soon.  

Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2009 11:12 am

Suggs get paid

I don't tend to agree with Mr. Prisco's points often, but keep to myself because he's entitled to his opinion.
All I'll say here is that a declaration of how many sacks a defensive player has dictating how successful they are is not a very educated approach to the game and is what fuels selfishness on the field.
Fortunately, Suggs is better than that, and is a team player. He could complain about not getting to pin back his ears and rush every play, but instead does his job - dropping back into coverage, taking up a blocker(s) so a teammate has an easier path.
I've started going to other sports sites more and more for my information - I can go to a bar and hear some random person spout out what Mr. Prisco wrote above - why should I waste my time coming here for a that sort of "content?"
Good luck Terrell (no matter how many sacks you have) - and great job Ozzie and Pat.

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