Hard as it is for a 6-foot-3, 260-pound pass rusher to disappear, Terrell Suggs has performed a vanishing act this summer at the Ravens' offseason passing camps.

Suggs has attended only one camp -- the mandatory one -- and while no one with the Ravens has expressed displeasure, neither team owner Steve Bisciotti nor coach John Harbaugh can be pleased.


This is the guy the Ravens turned into a multi-millionaire last July. Bisciotti awarded Suggs a six-year contract worth $63 million -- $38 million of it guaranteed. The deal made Suggs the highest-paid linebacker in the NFL. He immediately rewarded that loyalty with a cheap imitation season of the Pro Bowler he has been. In 2009, Suggs was sluggish and out of shape much of the year, made just 4.5 sacks and for the first time in his career, missed games (three in the regular season).

There is irony in this development. When Suggs signed his new deal last July, he made this statement: "I'm just looking forward to showing them that they didn't make a mistake and that you've got the right guy. I'm only 26 years of age and my best years are ahead of me. I can only get smarter as my years of experience pile up."

One year later, Suggs hasn't shown the Ravens anything, except perhaps that they overpaid to keep him. Indeed, he was a better player before his payday than after it.

Suggs, now 27, is one of five veterans who have skipped each of the team's voluntary passing camps. (Even Jared Gaither showed up for a practice this week, although it was for only one day.) The list of no-shows isinstructive in the current business model of the NFL:

Trevor Pryce took a $2.5 million slash in salary this year and attended only the mandatory camp. Willis McGahee has lost his starting job here and while he found time to participate in the Preakness parade, he hasn't been back at camp since May. Ed Reed had surgery on his hip in the hope of extending his career; he's got a valid reason. Ray Lewis hasn't been here, either, but hey, the guy's got a street named after him. Who needs practice when you're a street?

Maybe Suggs thinks he's arrived as an NFL player. Maybe he's got more important stuff to do than justifying a $63 million contract. Maybe he thinks he's on Ray Lewis' level as a Baltimore icon.

I don't think he deserves a street named after him, though. I think he deserves a tugboat.