Terrell Suggs will suit up to play football for the 2019 season and it will not be wearing the Purple and Gold.
Boy, that was a weird sentence to type.
After 16 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Terrell Suggs has reportedly signed with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Ian Rapoport.
In a move that was "shocking" to the Ravens, as Suggs reportedly told the team on Monday that he did not intend to re-sign with them. Later in the afternoon, he is presumably a member of the Cardinals.
The linebacker was a part of the Ravens during their Super Bowl championship in 2012. He also helped bridge the gap after Ray Lewis' retirement for the interior of the defense. Drafted by the team by 2003, Suggs quickly worked his way into a starting role and got the nod for all 16 games by his second season.
Currently he is 13th in the NFL's all-time sacks list at 132.5. He's also recorded 854 tackles, seven interceptions in 229 starts.
He was a guy that many fans assumed way going to be a 'Raven for life.'
But now he is onto the Cardinals, back home in Arizona. He grew up playing high school ball there and played for the Arizona State Sun Devils.
At 36, all signs point to this being the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year's final stop. It's his hometown, he's aging at a position that tears up the body and he made the tough decsion to part with the Ravens.
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Defensive lineman Haloti Ngata is one of the greatest Ravens in the franchise’s short history. He made five Pro Bowls in nine years in Baltimore after being selected 12th overall in the 2006 draft, helped lead the team to its second Super Bowl victory in 2013, and was regularly considered one of the best defensive players in the sport.
And yet, his most impressive feat might be his retirement announcement.
Ngata announced this week on Instagram that he was retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons, but it wasn’t your standard retirement.
The hulking lineman hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to post a picture with a customized banner announcing his playing career is over. The banner mentions going out from the NFL “on top,” a fitting phrase for a man standing at Africa’s highest point.
19,341 feet above sea level. For reference, that’s nearly 121 full-length football fields.
Ngata was always a man who embraced challenges, and climbing the world’s tallest free standing mountain certainly qualifies. He has an argument as a top-five player in team history, and now has an argument for top five retirement in league history as well.
The bar has now been set really, really high for future retirement announcements around sports. It’ll be tough to top this one, either in creativity or in literal height.
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Let's get this week started by getting you up-to-date on the latest Ravens news.
The Ravens announced Friday they are planning on signing cornerback Justin Bethel to a two-year deal, pending a physical. A two-time Pro Bowler thanks to his special teams play, Bethel played 2018 with the Atlanta Falcons following a six-year run with the Arizona Cardinals.
Former Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata announced his retirement in the most baller way; on top of Mount Kilamanjaro.
The Ravens' first-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Ngata spent nine seasons in Baltimore and earned five Pro Bowls along the way.
If you were surprised by the Ravens signing safety Earl Thomas, you weren't the only one. Thomas himself admitted that the four-year, $55 million deal came at the last minute.
“The Ravens were never in the picture,” Thomas told NBC Sports' Peter King. “I was shocked. I was blessed.”
The Ravens will have their hands full defending the AFC North title in 2019, according to Las Vegas. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has made the Browns +140 favorites to win the AFC North. With the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. last week, the Browns look to be real contenders this season.
March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.
April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin
April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets
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