OWINGS MILLS, Md. – A very long face of the defense of the Baltimore Ravens is saying goodbye on Monday.
External linebacker Terrell Suggs told members of the Ravens that he is moving in, a source told ESPN. One of the best leaders and characters in franchise history, he had spent his entire 16-year career in the NFL in Baltimore.
The departure of Suggs, 36, continues what could be a great round of business for the defense of the NFL. Security Eric Weddle was cut and signed with the Los Angeles Rams last week, and the average linebacker C.J. Mosley could also leave the agency for free.
Security Eric Weddle, who reached the Pro Bowl in all three seasons with the Ravens, was cut from the team on Tuesday. He had to make $ 6.5 million in 2019.
Throughout his career, Suggs expressed his desire to join Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis as players who were "Ravens for life". Instead, Suggs will end his career elsewhere like Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata.
Suggs is one of the most adept word-of-mouth in NFL history, ranking first among active players with 132.5 bags and tying Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O & Neal for the 13th time. Although not the same constant strength, he came second in the NFL defense in the bags with seven last season.
Known for his leadership, durability and passion, Suggs is putting together a Hall of Fame curriculum, having been nominated for seven Pro Bowls and earning him the title of defender of the NFL year in 2011. He made it clear after the season that he was not retiring, saying "I don't feel this itch".
The big question is how much the Suggs remain. His 34 total tackles were his least numerous in a full season since his 2003 rookie season, and he managed 1.5 sacks in the last 10 games of last season (including the loss of the Chargers playoffs).
Suggs was one of the best players in Ravens history. Tenth overall in the 2003 draft, he is the all-time leader of the franchise in forced bags and fumbles (35) and ranks second in the total number of tackles (844) and armed recoveries (14).
This marked the first time in Suggs' career that he entered the free agency.