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According to reports, longtime Baltimore Raven and future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Terrell Suggs, will be moving on from the Ravens in 2019. Suggs reportedly informed the Baltimore Ravens today that he would be leaving Baltimore. The initial report comes from CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Other Ravens beat writers and NFL reporters started picking up the story within minutes. The split was verified by NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport. He confirmed that Suggs would leave the Ravens and sign with the Arizona Cardinals.

Many expected the Baltimore Ravens to let Suggs walk in free agency. The 36-year-old outside linebacker took a dramatic loss in snap counts last season. The Ravens needed to free up cap space to allow for the signing of younger players. But the strategy has not yielded much for Baltimore so far. Not only are the Ravens losing cornerstones of the franchise like Suggs, but other free agents are expected to depart from Baltimore. Pass rusher Za’Darius Smith and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley are expected to outprice themselves, and the Ravens may be forced to watch both young and talented players walk away.

Suggs returns to Arizona, where he spent his college days. He was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Suggs exceeded all expectations in Baltimore by leaps and bounds. His presence on the legendary Ravens defense was felt for years. His production earned him seven Pro Bowl appearances, an All-Pro nod in 2011 and second-team All-Pro selection in 2008. He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the year in 2003, and Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. He is also tied for 13th on the NFL’s all-time sack list.

Most importantly, he became the face of the franchise in Baltimore. Loved by fans, teammates, and coaches alike, Suggs’ personality stood out amongst the crowd. The Ravens will surely miss Terrell Suggs. The legacy he leaves in Baltimore is matched only by the greats like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Jonathan Ogden.

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