Friday, June 8, 2012
Ravens won't take money away from Suggs
By Jamison Hensley
The Ravens are within their rights to take away money from linebacker Terrell Suggs because he was hurt away from team headquarters. But the team doesn't plan to do so. That's according to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.
In an interview Friday with the Baltimore Sun, Bisciotti called the idea of not paying Suggs for the games he will miss this season "nonsense" and pointed out that football players play basketball all offseason.
Witnesses have told ESPN's Adam Schefter this week that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs injured his Achilles tendon in April while playing basketball. Suggs has insisted he was hurt while practicing a conditioning test.
The Ravens could place Suggs on the Non-Football Injury list at the start of training camp, which would give them the right to without his salary for the games he missed due to the injury. Based on his $4.9 million salary in 2012, the Ravens could save $2 million (and gain that amount on the salary cap) if Suggs missed seven games.
It would have been a bad move to do so because Suggs is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and has been a loyal soldier to the franchise. He's only missed three games in his nine-year career and he's played -- and played well -- through injuries.
Bisciotti told the Sun that he hasn't asked how Suggs got injured and the cause doesn't matter to him. "I don’t know the truth and it doesn’t matter," Biscotti said. "I don’t understand the ‘We deserve an explanation’ kind of thing. Quite honestly, I didn’t even ask [general manager Ozzie Newsome] if we got an explanation ... This one feeling that Ravens’ fans deserve to know, I don’t understand that."
In other news, the Ravens announced that their team headquarters in Owings Mills, Md., has been named the Under Armour Performance Center. It's a 19-year agreement with the Baltimore-based company. I'm not sure if this name change will stick with local reporters, who have called the facility "the Castle" since the $31 million facility was opened in October 2004.