12up Logo12up Logo

Nobody Should Claim Terrell Suggs Just so the Cardinals Get Stuck With Rest of His Salary

Terrell Suggs
Terrell Suggs' contract could make it hard for any team to claim him | Steven Ryan/Getty Images

One of the most vicious pass rushers of the last 20 years might not play another down of football in 2019.

The Arizona Cardinals made the surprising decision to part ways with starting outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Suggs was given a $4 million signing bonus at the beginning of the season, and any team willing to claim him would need to pay a portion of his $3 million salary, decreasing the chances he catches on.

Steve Keim continues to find new ways to trip over himself, and the NFL world shouldn't let him off the hook.

Suggs, an Arizona native, paired nicely with Chandler Jones on the edge this season, as he forced four fumbles and recorded 5.5 sacks in his age-37 season. This comes after 16 legendary seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

Drafted 10th overall in 2003 after recording 24 sacks in his last year of college at Arizona State, he piled up 132.5 sacks, forced 33 fumbles, made seven Pro Bowls, and won a ring in 2012 with the Ravens.

Suggs should end up in Canton, but his last moment in the NFL might come as a player who was waived and deemed radioactive because of the financial implications.

Suggs just didn't look right in the bright red of the Cardinals. This could be an anticlimactic end to his career, but that shouldn't diminish that Sizzle was one of the premier pass rushers of the last few decades.