Veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs is headed to Arrowhead Stadium. According NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the 37-year-old was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs off waivers on Monday.
Suggs, who signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, was released by the team on December 13.
In a way, this move is strategic and very smart for Andy Reid and company. Not only does it boost their pass rush, but it prevents fellow AFC powerhouse the Baltimore Ravens from getting their star player back. Suggs, who was drafted number 10 overall in the 2003 NFL Draft, spent 15 years in Baltimore and won a Super Bowl with them.
Suggs Reportedly Would Only Entertain Offers From One Team
When Suggs was first released by the Cardinals, the seven-time Pro Bowler claimed he wouldn’t report to any other team except the Ravens, who are champions of the AFC North and undoubtedly one of the strongest franchises in the league.
The Chiefs, who are coming off a commanding divisional win against the Denver Broncos, are also a force to be reckoned with. In fact, one analyst still believe that should quarterback Patrick Mahomes remain healthy, the Chiefs have a fair chance at the Lombardi Trophy in February.
“All I need to see is that they’re healthy and I’m going to pick them to win the whole thing,” ESPN analyst Max Kellerman said on “First Take” Thursday.
“The most hilarious thing to me is this team is flying under the radar now,” Kellerman added. “If Patrick Mahomes is healthy, like his hand allows him to be Patrick Mahomes, this team could easily win the Super Bowl.”
The reigning league MVP fell awkwardly on his throwing hand when the Chiefs battled the New England Patriots in an AFC Championship title rematch in Week 14. That same hand didn’t appear to be a concern for the 24-year-old, who threw two impressive touchdown passes to wide receiver Tyreek Hill in Kansas City’s snowy game against Denver Sunday.
Chiefs Place Alex Okafor on IR
In order to make space for Suggs, ESPN’s Field Yates reports that Chiefs had to officially place defensive end Alex Okafor on injured reserve.
The 28-year-old underwent an MRI Monday after he tore his pectoral muscle during the Broncos matchup. While the Suggs addition is a nice compromise, Okafor’s quickness and ability to put pressure on the opposition will be missed as the Chiefs look to enter the playoffs in the best position possible.
The Chiefs acquired Okafor during March’s free agency period, and the former New Orleans Saint signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the newly-crowned AFC West champions.
With their most difficult games behind them, the Chiefs are now in cruise control heading into the final two contests of the year. They travel to Chicago to take on the 7-7 Bears and finish the regular season hosting the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead.