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Suggs cracks world's highest-paid list

6/13/2014

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs cracked the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world for this year, coming in at No. 96.

According to Forbes, Suggs' total earnings is $17.6 million in 2014. A large chunk of that comes from an $11 million bonus that he received after signing a four-year extension in March. This deal brought his career earnings with the Ravens to $89 million.

Suggs, 31, is the Ravens' all-time sacks leader with 94.5, but he's had tough back-to-back seasons. He missed half of the 2012 season after tearing his Achilles tendon. Last season, he started off strong before finishing with one sack in his final eight games and a reduced number of snaps.

On the world's highest-paid list, Suggs ranks right behind Australian golfer Adam Scott ($17.7 million in earnings) and ahead of Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall ($17.5 million).

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the list with $105 million in total earnings. The highest-paid football player is Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan ($43.8 million), who ranks No. 10 on the list. Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins ($22.4 million) was the highest-ranked player in the AFC North at No. 53.

This is the first time since 2011 that the Ravens didn't have a player ranked in the top 15 on this list. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (No. 12 in 2012) and quarterback Joe Flacco (No. 13 in 2013) were among the highest-paid athletes in the world in the years they signed their lucrative contracts.