|© Getty Images BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 4: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after hitting quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins (not pictured) in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium|
Terrell Suggs has been one of the most consistent players in the NFL the past decade-plus. Outside of 2012 when he played just eight games and 2015 when he missed 15 games, he’s had 10 seasons with at least eight sacks. He leads the team with eight this year, and he’ll likely try to do the same in 2017, too.
The 34-year-old six-time Pro Bowler vehemently shot down retirement rumors after Sunday’s crushing loss to the Steelers, which eliminated the Ravens from playoff contention.
"I don't know what you heard – what the [expletive] is wrong with him? – I was always planning to come back and doing this another year," Suggs said, via ESPN.
Suggs has been playing with a torn biceps for more than two months, yet he’s still played 14 games this season. He’s sitting on 114.5 career sacks, which is the fifth most among active players, so a return in 2017 could move him further up that list.
He’s signed through 2018, too, so there’s no contractual issue there. And it’s not as though he’ll cost the Ravens a great deal, either. He’ll make just $4 million next season, which isn’t much for a former Defensive Player of the Year.
Terrell Suggs is not planning on retiring
A 14-year career in the NFL is an awfully long time, especially when you consider the physical nature of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs‘ position.
But Suggs isn’t done quite yet. Following Baltimore’s 31-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a loss that eliminated the Ravens’ chances of a playoff appearance, Suggs vowed to return for another season of football.
A reporter following the game questioned whether or not Suggs, who is 34, will return or not, and he was quickly addressed, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.
“I don’t know what you heard — what the [f–] is wrong with him? — I was always planning to come back and doing this another year,” Suggs said.
Suggs finished the year with eight sacks, which led the Ravens. What’s even more impressive is he played in 14 games this year despite tearing his left bicep on Oct. 16.
Suggs‘ 114.5 sacks is fifth-most among active players. Signed through 2018, Suggs will carry a $4 million base salary and a $2.2 million signing bonus in each of the next two seasons.
Terrell Suggs has no plans to retire after 2016 season
Despite his advancing age and nagging injury issues, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has no plans of calling it quits after the 2016 season.
"I don't know what you heard," Suggs replied to a question from a reporter regarding his future plans following the Ravens Week 16 loss to the Steelers. "I was always planning to come back and doing this another year."
Suggs, 34, leads the Ravens with eight sacks on the 2016 season, despite the fact that he has been playing with a torn left bicep since mid-October. He is fifth among active NFL players with 114.5 sacks on his career - a total he will be looking to add to next season.
Suggs is signed with Baltimore through the 2018 season.
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Height: 6-3 Weight: 265 Age: 34
Born: 10/11/1982 Minneapolis , MN
College: Arizona State
Experience: 14th season
High School: Hamilton HS [Chandler, AZ]