It’s an end of an era. Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs decided to leave Baltimore Ravens after 16 years with the franchise. According to ESPN, Suggs already broke the news to his Ravens’ teammates while NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport reports that the 36-year-old will sign with the Arizona Cardinals.
The news came as quite a surprise, since Terrell Suggs, who was the last remaining starter on defense who was part of the team that won Super Bowl in 2012, stated several times that he would like to finish his NFL career in Baltimore and be “Raven for life.” Instead, he will spend 2019 season as part of a rebuilding team in Arizona while Ravens continue to retool their defense as they previously released safety Eric Weddle while linebacker C.J. Mosley is expected to leave in free agency.
Despite his advanced age, Suggs proved that he can still be an impactful player as he started all 16 games for the Ravens in 2018. He had 34 tackles and 7.0 sacks alongside one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Terrell Suggs will leave the Baltimore Ravens as one of best players in the franchise history and one of the most accomplished pass rushers in the league’s history. During his career, Suggs managed to get 132.5 sacks, which rank him first among all active players and 13th on the all-time list. He has seven Pro Bowl appearances alongside one First-team All-Pro honor while being named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.