Ravens put franchise tag on Suggs 2nd straight year

The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens placed the franchise tag on Terrell Suggs yesterday, keeping the Pro Bowl linebacker-defensive end for another season while trying to work out a long-term deal.

"This is news to me," Suggs said yesterday of being franchised. "I didn't know. Last year they called me when they franchised me, and I expected the same thing this year. There is nothing I can really do about it."

When asked whether he were angry or whether the Ravens might eventually sign him to a long-term deal, Suggs said: "We'll wait and see. I'm at the airport and on a plane from Arizona back to Baltimore. Right now, I have nothing to say. Maybe this will all hit me tomorrow."

Suggs, 26, will be tendered a one-year, $10.2 million contract for the 2009 season, which is 120 percent of his franchise tag from last season. It's the second straight season the Ravens have used the tag on Suggs. Under the rules governing the franchise tag, the sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.

"Our plan is to sign 'Sizzle' to a long-term contract," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "We believe our history of keeping our best players for a long time speaks for itself."

The market for pass rushers could be set if the Dallas Cowboys sign DeMarcus Ware, who led the NFL with 20 sacks last season, to an extension.

Suggs had eight sacks last season to lead the Ravens, and he finished third on the team with a career-high 102 tackles.

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