Pro Bowl linebacker and 11 year NFL veteran Terrell Suggs declared at a press conference on Monday that he would be a Baltimore Raven for life. That is, of course, right after the Ravens gave a healthy long-term extension which will keep Suggs in Baltimore through 2018.
The extension will make Suggs a Raven for life, creating badly needed cap space for Baltimore in the 2014 offseason. The Ravens enter this season with around $12 million in cap space, this move will create about $5 million in spending room to add to the salary cap. The Ravens could also look to restructure defensive tackle Haloti Ngata's contract which would create additional space as well.
Suggs helped lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl title in 2012 after returning from a torn achilles tendon injury. He has long been a staple of the sound Baltimore defense, this extension shows just how important Suggs is to his team. With the cap space created by the extension Baltimore could try to keep one of their starters like tight end Dennis Pitta or offensive tackle Eugene Monroe.
Suggs has played in 11 seasons in Baltimore after being drafted in the first round in 2003. He is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and is the all-time franchise leader in sacks, sack yardage and forced fumbles. Suggs has recorded double digits in sacks in five different seasons, and, with the departure of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed after the 2012 season, is the main captain of the Ravens' defense.