Mike Preston's 'State of the Ravens' observations [Pictures]
The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston reviews what he learned from the Ravens' state-of-the-team press conference on Wednesday.
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The Ravens put Terrell Suggs on notice.( Lloyd Fox, The Baltimore Sun / December 22, 2013 )
The best moment of the "State of the Ravens" press conference came when general manager Ozzie Newsome was asked if outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was definitely back for next year.
Suggs is scheduled to have a salary cap figure of $12.5 million.
"I've had the opportunity to talk to [Terrell] Suggs every day. He kind of makes sure of that," said Newsome. "That's a decision that we'll talk about when we get down to Jupiter. Terrell is a really good football player. He not only shows up in the pass game, but he shows up in the run game. That being said, we let a good football player go last year, so we're not afraid. I'm not a virgin when it comes to letting guys walk out the door."
When Newsome said "virgin," my jaw touched the ground. He never gives away anything, and Wednesday he basically threw down on Suggs, saying he's let other great guys walk out the door, such as Jamal Lewis, Anquan Boldin and Ed Reed, so Suggs could be next.
That 8-8 season has ticked off a lot of people over at The Castle. They are back to business and Newsome didn't mind giving up information that he usually keeps under wraps. He talked about getting that big, possession type receiver and a legitimate free safety (the team basically played with two strong safeties last year).
He also said the Ravens needed to upgrade the size and athletic ability on the offensive line.
Now, that sounds obvious and may not be a news flash to most people, but when Newsome starts giving up information, you know the Ravens are serious.
I think the Ravens have already given Suggs three options for next season:
- Make a base salary of about $2 million, and the team will have incentive clauses that could allow him to make up the remaining $10 million.
- Make a base salary of about $2 million and spread the remaining $10 million out over the next two to three years.
- Take one of the two above options or get cut.