The future is now uncertain for two-time All-Pro pass rusher Terrell Suggs after his first season with the Arizona Cardinals was surprisingly cut short.
The Cardinals released the 37-year-old veteran on Friday afternoon to the waivers in an abrupt move that makes it unclear whether Suggs will continue playing, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He spent the first 16 seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, earning seven Pro Bowl distinctions and winning a Super Bowl championship during the 2012 season on his way to becoming the franchise’s all-time sacks leader.
The Ravens weren’t exactly looking to get rid of their veteran talent during the offseason and were surprised when he signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Cardinals. Suggs never explained exactly why he decided to come to Arizona, but he has said he still considers the state home after playing defensive end for Arizona State prior to his NFL career.
Suggs started in all 13 games this season for the Cardinals and had tallied 37 tackles, seven quarterback hits and 5 1/2 sacks, making Friday’s move a bit of a shocker even if it sounds as though the split was civil. The Cardinals gave him a $4 million signing bonus in March and would owe him the rest of his $3 million guaranteed money if he is not claimed.
According to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the conversations about his release were mutual and that it was the best move for both parties, as it would allow Suggs to land with another team and afford more playing time for younger Cardinals players.
“We have such great respect for him,” Kingsbury said via ESPN. “He was phenomenal in our building, work ethic, energy, the juice he brought every day, professionalism — it was through the roof, and so we wanted to give him an opportunity to find a fit if that’s out there.”
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Could the Ravens Reunite With Suggs?
Right now is a good time to be a Ravens fan, but many of them were just as disappointed as their favorite team when Suggs departed in the offseason. Now that he is out on the waivers, there is a small chance a reunion could be in store in Baltimore.
Probably not, though.
While the Ravens certainly wouldn’t mind the help of a trusted pass rusher, there is much still uncertain about what Suggs is interested in doing with the rest of his 2019 season. It seems unlikely he would jump on board with a team that is outside of the playoff picture even with his prior intentions to play through the 2020 season, but other contenders beyond Baltimore could use his veteran talents, too.
Suggs is the current active sacks leader with 138 and continues to be a model of consistency, playing 69 percent of defensive snaps for the Cardinals as a starter. A veteran of that caliber coming available this late in the season could be worth it for some, especially since they would only owe Suggs $353,000 for the final two weeks of his salary, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Suggs will remain on the waivers until Monday, but he can sign with any team he chooses if he is not claimed by the deadline.