Cardinals Cut Terrell Suggs

The Cardinals released Terrell Suggs, head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced. The 37-year-old Suggs will now be available for the league’s other 31 teams, via the waiver wire. 

The seven-time Pro-Bowler could be an interesting pickup for contenders between now and Monday. Before his release, Suggs started in all 13 games for the Cardinals this season and notched 5.5 sacks plus four forced fumbles.

Regarding Suggs, we’ve been having conversations as the season went on, as his role has been reduced, and we’ve kind of made the shift to playing some younger players,” Kingsbury said. “… In fairness to him to try to find a better fit right now, we released Terrell today.”

Despite Kingsbury’s comment about Suggs’ diminishing role, he played 76% of the Cardinals’ defensive snaps last week against the Steelers. He’s been over the 70% threshold in nine of Arizona’s 13 contests. The Cards will transition to said younger edge defenders opposite Chandler Jones on Sunday.

Any team claiming Suggs on Monday would owe him $353K, the prorated portion of his salary for the final two weeks of the season. Any team to claim Suggs would have exclusive negotiating rights until March. Suggs was listed as questionable to play this week because of a back injury.

Suggs left the Ravens after 16 seasons to join the Cardinals on a one-year, $10MM deal in the offseason. The Arizona native exited Baltimore as the franchise’s all-time sacks leader with 132.5 QB takedowns – 62.5 more than runner-up Peter Boulware. Suggs also surpassed Ray Lewis to become the Ravens’ games-played leader, suiting up for his 229th career regular-season contest in Week 17 of the 2018 campaign.

Baltimore sits 32nd on the wire, so while a return trip to Maryland would be quite the development, it doesn’t appear likely to occur. The Seahawks, despite their Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah additions, rank 29th in sacks. The Clowney- and J.J. Watt-less Texans, as presently constructed, will surely consider such a claim. Houston resides in front of Seattle in waiver priority. Jon Gruden‘s affinity for veterans may not make such a move out of the question for the 6-7 Raiders, especially if they are to beat the Jaguars on Sunday.

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37 comments on “Cardinals Cut Terrell Suggs

    • Misterants

      Agree but the problem is going to be the waiver wire. There’s very little chance he falls all the way to where we sit. What’s more, Seattle not only could use him, but their waiver position makes it so they can claim him just to keep him out of sf

  1. crazylarry

    Just another Classless Keim move. Bring him here as a hometown feel good story to play his last year and then cut him 13 games in. What a pathetic organization

    • Michael Chaney

      It’s classier to cut him now and give him more playing time and a shot at the playoffs than it would be to bury him on the bench.

    • dunkerdutt

      I agree with crazylarry. This is Keim’s issue. Keim needs to go. Thought once Bill B stepped aside it would get better…it did for a few seasons then went back into the toilet. Disappointed in the organization.

  2. osfandan

    Wish there was a way he would make it back to Baltimore but I just do not see that happening. Been wondering all year if he regrets leaving. As great as this season has been, it has felt somewhat incomplete to me without Suggs here. He should’ve been a Raven for life.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Not a Ravens fan but the footage of Terrell exchanging hugs with old friends at the end of the home opener in Baltimore left me with a lump in my throat.

    • Ed "The Mythical One"

      I am a Ravens fan and the last few years of Sizzle being here was like watching a shell of a player. He would have a streak where you’d see the old flashes, but then he’d get shut out game after game or wind up getting hurt. He’s hurt again with a back issue. Wonder how serious it is?

      Still, it would be cool to see him suit up once more for the purple and black if it could happen and he could be a situational rusher for our Super Bowl winning season so he could retire on a ring like Ray did.

      • crosseyedlemon

        If it was just about the ring he would probably sign as a situational rusher for the Patriots…lol.

        • fieldsj2

          Not this year! The Pats are always good, but they don’t have the offense to get to the SB this year. His best chance at a ring is the team that drafted him.

    • crosseyedlemon

      If Pittsburgh is looking for an old warrior with HOF credentials they could just bring back James Harrison.

  3. “In fairness we released him so he can be picked up by the Dolphins or Bucs so he can continue to sizzle”.

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