After his unexpected and mutual departure from the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, veteran pass rusher Terrell Suggs is reportedly considering going to great lengths to ensure he ends up right back where he started his career 16 years ago.
Back in Baltimore.
Citing league sources, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday night the two-time All-Pro outside linebacker will strongly consider not reporting to any team other than the Ravens that might claim him when he becomes eligible on the waiver wires at 4 p.m. ET Monday. Suggs considers a reunion with Baltimore to be his overwhelming preference and cares more about rejoining his former team than his owed money, which would be a little more than $350,000 for the final two weeks of the regular season.
The Ravens, with their 12-2 record, hold the lowest waiver priority and would have to outlast all 31 of the other teams in the NFL before they could successfully add him to the roster. Any other team could potentially go against wishes and sign him, but his threatened holdout could keep any potential suitors from going through the trouble.
If Suggs goes unclaimed by Monday night’s waiver deadline, he will be free to sign with whichever team he chooses.
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Suggs’ Love for Baltimore Hasn’t Changed
The 37-year-old Suggs isn’t exactly nearing his peak with his performances this year, having not recorded a full sack since Oct. 20, but his price tag makes him extremely affordable for a late-season addition. Several playoff contenders, including the Chicago Bears, could benefit from claiming him off the waivers, but it wouldn’t do much good if he follows through on his threat to not report.
Suggs actually made his first return to Baltimore earlier this season when the Cardinals played — and lost to — the Ravens during Week 2. After hyping up the matchup through his social media account and in interviews, though, he was mostly kept quiet on the day with just three tackles as the Cardinals took their first loss of the season.
In the postgame, Suggs said he wanted to “beat up on (his) brothers” and win against the Ravens in his homecoming but instead the experience was more humbling as he added he felt “like a strange” in his own home.
“It was bittersweet,” Suggs said. “It was good to be back, good to play in the stadium that I played in for the majority of my career. It was weird, that was definitely the weirdest thing I’ve been a part of. It’s unfortunate, I wanted to win, but it was good to be back.”
Sure sounds like Suggs would prefer to stay back if he gets another chance, but he can only control his situation so much on the waivers. There is always the possibility that the Ravens, who had wanted to re-sign him in the offseason and were stunned when he left for the Cardinals, won’t want him back.