Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs signed a six-year, $63 million contract Wednesday, making him the highest-paid linebacker in NFL history.
The contract, which assures him $38 million in guaranteed money, provides a long-term solution to Suggs’ unsettled status as the team’s franchise player.
“I’m looking forward to showing them that they didn’t make a mistake and they got the right guy,” said Suggs, the Ravens’ franchise player for the past two seasons. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to work out a deal or face being stuck with the franchise tag for another year.
Had Suggs not signed, he would have played the season for $10.17 million and become a free agent next season.
During his six years with the Ravens, Suggs has 53 sacks, forced 19 fumbles and has not missed a game. He led Baltimore with eight sacks last season and added four more in the postseason, including two in the AFC championship game against Pittsburgh.
No Peppers agreement
The deadline for the Carolina Panthers to strike a long-term deal with franchise defensive end Julius Peppers passed without an agreement.
Peppers, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, will now play under a one-year contract worth at least $16.7 million.
The St. Louis Rams and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe have agreed to a one-year contract. Atogwe, 28, was designated as a non-exclusive franchise player after starting all 16 games at free safety for the third straight season. He had a career-high 109 tackles and led St. Louis with five interceptions, eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. … Nelson Munsey, who played six seasons for the Baltimore Colts in the 1970s, has died of heart disease. He was 61.