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Ozzie Newsome’s departure as G.M. influenced Terrell Suggs’ decision

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 30: Outside Linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens takes the field prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed surprise over Terrell Suggs’ departure in free agency. But the seven-time Pro Bowler said Ozzie Newsome’s departure as General Manager played a role in his leaving.

“It was probably hands down the most difficult decision I ever had to make it my life,” Suggs said on FOX’s Undisputed this week, via Lisa Redmond of NBC Sports Washington. “Through and through, I’m an Ozzie Newsome guy. Once I knew Ozzie was going to step down as G.M., you know, I kind of had to question my future in a Ravens uniform.”

Suggs said other veterans’ departures also led to him choosing a one-year deal with Arizona rather than a return to Baltimore for a 17th season. But Suggs said he would have finished his career with the Ravens if Newsome had remained as G.M.

Suggs finished his Ravens career with 132.5 sacks.