The new deal is a four-year extension that will free up $4 million in salary cap space for the Ravens, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday, per sources who had seen the contract. Per Rapoport and Breer, Suggs will get more than $20 million in the first three years of the deal -- with $16 million in guaranteed money coming in the first two seasons.
This quickly resolves one of Baltimore's most pressing offseason questions. Suggs' $12.4 million cap figure was too much for a pass rusher who struggled down the stretch last season, and he was amenable to reworking his deal. It is a win-win move, but Suggs especially did well. He didn't take a pay cut and got plenty of guaranteed money for a veteran player. The Ravens clearly still value Suggs' play highly, and they got some cap relief in the process.
Both Dumervil and Suggs are over 30, so Newsome still will be looking for some young blood to inject into the mix. Suggs was strong against the run in 2013, especially early in the season. However, he was missing his normal pass-rush explosiveness in his first full campaign back from a torn Achilles tendon.