OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A longtime face of the Baltimore Ravens‘ defense is saying goodbye Monday.
One of the best leaders and characters in franchise history, he’d spent his full 16-year NFL career in Baltimore.
The death of Suggs, 36, continues what could possibly be a significant turnover for its NFL’s self-defense protection. Safety Eric Weddle was trimmed and signed with the Los Angeles Rams a week, also middle linebacker C.J. Mosley may also render in free agency.
Throughout his career, Suggs expressed a desire to combine Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis as players that were”Ravens for lifetime ” As an alternative, Suggs will finish his career out elsewhere like Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata.
Suggs is among the very accomplished pass-rushers in NFL history, ranking first among active players together with 132.5 sacks and linking Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal to get 13th all-time. Though he’s perhaps not the exact identical consistent force, he finished 2nd on the NFL’s self-defense protection in sacks with seven final season.
Known for his direction, durability and passion, Suggs is piecing with a Hall of Fame resume, being called to seven Pro Bowls and getting the NFL defensive player of the year award in 2011. He managed to get clear after the summer he was not retiring, saying”I really actually don’t feel itch.”
The big question is how much does Suggs have abandoned.
Suggs has been among the best players in Ravens history. The 10th overall selection of the 2003 draft, he is the franchise’s all-time pioneer in sacks and forced fumbles (35) and ranks 2nd in total tackles (844) and fumble recoveries (14).
This marked the first time in Suggs’ career he entered free agency.