After spending 16 years with the Baltimore Ravens, pass-rusher Terrell Suggs will be headed west to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. Suggs, who was tied for second on the Ravens defense in sacks this season with seven, will be returning to Arizona where he played his college football as an Arizona State Sun Devil. After being drafted by the Ravens with the 10th pick in the 2003 draft, Suggs made the Pro Bowl seven times. In his time in Baltimore, Suggs racked up 132.5 sacks, 601 solo tackles, and 33 forced fumbles. Most impressively, of the possible 256 regular season games, he has played in 229 games and started in 213 of them.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the signing via Twitter earlier today.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2019
The Ravens had one of the best defenses in the league last year ranking second in points allowing 287 points all year. It will be hard for Baltimore to repeat that production this season after losing not only Suggs but safety Eric Weddle as well this offseason. The Ravens also have three other defensive starters that are free agents and can be on different teams next season, linebackers CJ Mosley and Za’Darius Smith and defensive lineman Brent Urban.
While Suggs will be a welcomed addition to the Cardinals defense, his presence alone will do little to make the 3-13 team into a playoff contender. Arizona’s new head coach Kliff Kingsbury will have to make a lot of changes to a defense that ranked 26th of 32 in points against if they want to win games, considering their offense came in dead last in points for with 225 points for the season.