The Cardinals are expected to sign Suggs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Suggs attended high school in Chandler, Ariz. and spent three years at Arizona State, so a return to the desert makes sense on a number of accounts. Since he was selected 10th overall in the 2003 draft, he's picked up a Super Bowl ring, been named NFL Defensive Player of the Year (in 2011), and racked up 132.5 sacks in 229 games played. Once a deal is official, the 36-year-old will serve as a pass-rushing complement to Chandler Jones, who has compiled double-digit sacks in four consecutive campaigns.
General manager Eric DeCosta said Wednesday that he'll meet with Suggs' agents in March at the NFL combine to gauge the veteran's interest in returning to the Ravens in 2019, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "I think [Suggs] is definitely a guy we want back," DeCosta said. "He's a guy that means a lot to our franchise, as a player but also as a leader." Suggs -- who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next month -- passionately stated after Baltimore's playoff loss to the Chargers that he hopes to continue his playing career in 2019. Baltimore seems eager to bring him back if the two sides can come to terms on a contract, though in such a scenario, Suggs may have to accept a pay cut compared to what he has received in previous years. The 36-year-old appeared in all 16 regular-season games for Baltimore in 2018, compiling 34 tackles and seven sacks while scoring his first touchdown since 2008.
Suggs recorded 34 tackles (25 solo), seven sacks, six passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery he returned for a touchdown across 16 games in the 2018 season. Outside of two injury-riddled seasons in which he missed at least eight games, Suggs had his lowest tackle count since his rookie year back in 2003. However, the veteran linebacker does more on the field and in the locker room than can be measured on a stat sheet. He managed to play in an impressive 72 percent of the defensive snaps last season and reached the end zone for the first time in a decade. The longtime Raven will now enter free agency after the 16-year pro noted he has "no itch" to retire, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN. It'd be strange to picture the potential Hall of Famer in anything but a Ravens uniform, but in today's NFL nothing is for certain.
Suggs (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Browns. Suggs will be available as expected to help slow down dynamic rookie Baker Mayfield and an improved Browns offense. The veteran linebacker's presence is especially welcome in a game that Baltimore must prevail in to ensure a postseason berth.
Suggs recorded three tackles (two solo) and a sack across 42 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Falcons. Suggs is now at 6.5 sacks on the season, which is tied with Za'Darius Smith for the lead on the team. He'll have his hands full this coming Sunday when the Ravens head to Kansas City, as the Chiefs have only allowed 20 sacks on the season -- the fifth best mark in the league.