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Author Topic: TERRELL SUGGS CLOSE TO SIGNING A LONG TERM EXTENSION WITH RAVENS!  (Read 701 times)
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« on: May 14, 2008, 06:10:20 AM »

This is ESPN's version of the story so far but here in B-town, the inside word is that Suggs and his agent are nearing a long term extension to stay with the Baltimore Ravens. I know anyone outside of Baltimore could care less but I'm stoked to have Suggs for the long term!


Terrell Suggs entered his franchise free agency with a debate over whether he was a linebacker or a defensive end.

Thanks to an agreement by the Ravens, Suggs' agent, the Management Council and the NFL Players Association, Suggs gets the best of both worlds. The settlement, which is being finalized by lawyers for the NFLPA and the Management Council, creates a new position in franchise designations -- a defensive end-linebacker. Once the paperwork is completed later this week, Suggs, designated as a franchise linebacker, will be re-designated as a defensive end-linebacker, and his one-year franchise tender will increase from $8.065 million to around $8.5 million.

Suggs challenged his designation as a franchise linebacker by claiming he had more snaps as a defensive end than he did at linebacker last season. A franchise player is tendered at the average of the top five cap numbers at that position. The difference can be substantial. A franchise linebacker has a $8.065 million tender. A franchise defensive end has an $8.879 million tender.

The differences in negotiations are even more pronounced. The highest paid defensive ends -- Dwight Freeney of the Colts and Jared Allen of the Vikings -- make around $12 million a year. Top linebackers make in the $7.7 million to $7.8 million a year range.

For months, negotiations were stalled because of the debate over the position. Suggs filed a grievance, asking a Special Master to determine his true position. Being a team player, Suggs showed up at the first minicamp under first-year coach John Harbaugh to show him he was on board with his hiring.

Recently, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome went to Suggs' agent, Gary Wichard, with the idea of creating a hybrid position to move negotiations forward.

The new position doesn't officially have a name. It could be called "defensive end-linebacker." It could be called hybrid for the players who move between defensive end and linebacker during the course of games.

What Suggs and the Baltimore are hoping is that they can come together on a deal that will make Suggs a Raven for a long period of time.
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2008, 09:46:00 AM »



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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2008, 11:31:46 AM »

LOL!

I told you that nobody outside of Blatimore would care.

But I do and that is what's important, holmes!
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2008, 04:19:58 PM »

The Ravens are definitely taking a right step with this move...all they need now is a veteran QB to play while Joe Flacco takes time to develop over the next two seasons. I think a guy like Trent Green would have been perfect for this role. Who do they have beside Boller and Smith?

As an Eagle fan, I would love to have a guy like Suggs to build a defense around. We have Trent Cole who is pretty good, but he's no Suggs. Instead we wasted money on Jevon Kearse who thank God is now a Titan again.
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