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Ravens Franchise Terrell Suggs

Feb 18, 2009 – 6:35 PM
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Terrell Suggs made it clear earlier this week that he'd like a long-term deal. That could still happen, just not in the next few days; on Wednesday, the Ravens franchised the 26-year-old three-time Pro Bowler.

While the two sides work on a new contract, Suggs will play for $10.2 million in 2009. It's a nice chunk of change, but the one-year deal clearly favors the team: if Suggs gets hurt, he's out of luck. But he's currently in better shape than teammates Ray Lewis and Bart Scott.

There was speculation earlier this offseason that the club might try to sign Suggs to a multi-year contract and franchise the 33-year-old Lewis. That obviously didn't happen, and now it looks like Baltimore will let Ray-Ray hit free agency and try to match any offer he might receive from other teams. If that happens -- and not everybody thinks it's a good idea -- Scott won't be back (and he might not be back anyway).

The Jets were regularly mentioned as a potential landing spot for all three players because Rex Ryan, former Ravens defensive coordinator, is now the head coach. With Suggs staying in Baltimore for the time being, and Lewis probably returning as well, Scott seems the most likely candidate to end up in New York. Even if the Ravens return three-fourths of their linebackers, there are still issues in the secondary. Chris McAlister just got his walking papers, and Samari Rolle could be next.

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