Asked if a finish like the fourth-quarter collapse motivates him to keep going in his playing career, Suggs said, “Yes. I plan on playing football for a few more years. Do you think I should quit?”
When the reporter responded no, Suggs said, “All right. My body isn’t what is hurting right now. I plan on playing football next year and years to come.”
Suggs, one of nine current defenders who are 35 or older, had one of his best seasons in years. Staying healthy, Suggs finished tied for ninth with 11 sacks, his first double-digit sack total since 2014.
He was named to his seventh Pro Bowl and was voted Ravens’ most valuable player by the local media.
“Terrell is one of the best players to ever play the position,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “He is one of those guys that you will definitely look back on when you are probably 50 [years old] and be able to tell everybody that you played with them.”
Suggs is due to make $4 million in 2018, the final year of his contract. That base salary ranks No. 19 among outside linebackers, so it’s essentially a bargain for Baltimore. The Ravens might think about extending Suggs by a couple of years.
“When you look at the outside linebacker position, that’s the first person you think of. He’s an X factor,” defensive tackle Brandon Williams said. “When you have him on the field — no matter who you have in the backfield or in the lineup of the front seven — as long as he’s there, you have a chance. It’s great to have him. Hopefully he has many more years to go.”