Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs raged at a retirement question after a 31-27 season-ending loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.
When asked if a finish like the fourth-quarter collapse motivates the 35-year-old to keep going in his playing career, Terrell said,
Yes. I plan on playing football for a few more years. Do you think I should quit?
When the reporter responded no, he further said,
All right. My body isn't what is hurting right now. I plan on playing football next year and years to come.
Terrell, one of nine current defenders who are 35 or above, had one of his best seasons in years. Staying healthy, Terrell finished tied for ninth with 11 sacks, which is his first double-digit sack total since 2014.
Terrell was named to his seventh Pro Bowl and was voted Baltimore Ravens' most valuable player by the local media.
Quarterback Joe Flacco said,
Terrell is one of the best players to ever play the position. He is one of those guys that you will definitely look back on when you are probably 50 [years old] and be able to tell everybody that you played with them.
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Terrell is due to make $4 million in 2018, the final year of his contract. That base salary ranks No. 19 among outside linebackers, so it is essentially a bargain for Baltimore.
The Ravens might think about extending Terrell by a couple of years.
Defensive tackle Brandon Williams said,
When you look at the outside linebacker position, that's the first person you think of. He's an X factor. When you have him on the field -- no matter who you have in the backfield or in the lineup of the front seven -- as long as he's there, you have a chance. It's great to have him. Hopefully he has many more years to go.