CHARLOTTE NC - NOVEMBER 21: Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a defensive play against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 21 2010 in Charlotte North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Suggs, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, was reportedly playing basketball in Arizona, where he was working out in preparation for the season.
Clearly, a player of Suggs’ ability will certainly be missed, and it’s really tough to say the Ravens would be a better team without him. However, Baltimore has been stockpiling pass rush specialists the last few years. Pernell McPhee had a big rookie season in 2011, and likely would have been counted on for even more production in 2012. The Ravens drafted Courtney Upshaw in the second round of the NFL Draft, and could use him in a similar role as they used McPhee last year.
Despite letting Jarrett Johnson go in free agency, the Ravens have free agent options as well. Former Browns and Jaguars DE/OLB Matt Roth has experience in the division, and produced at a high level in Cleveland.