The Tennessee Titans are reportedly one of the teams considering claiming Terrell Suggs off waivers.
With a need at the outside linebacker position for a playoff push, the Tennessee Titans are reportedly one of the teams thinking about claiming Terrell Suggs off waivers.
Suggs was unexpectedly released by the Arizona Cardinals during the week and will now hit waivers. However, there have also been reports stating that Suggs will retire if he is claimed by a team other than his old one, the Baltimore Ravens.
The problem for Suggs there is that the Ravens, who own the league’s best record, are last in waiver claim priority, thus every team in the NFL would have to pass on Suggs for him to land back in Baltimore.
With a handful of teams in need of a pass-rusher this late in the season that are also vying for a playoff spot, combined with AFC teams’ desire to block an elite squad like the Ravens from making an impact addition, the chances are slim that the 37-year-old makes it all the way to No. 32.
As far as the Titans are concerned, the fit with Suggs is perfect. Outside of standout pass-rusher Harold Landry, who has nine sacks through 13 games, the Titans haven’t been able to garner a consistent pass-rush opposite him. Tennessee also lost veteran pass-rusher Cameron Wake to injured reserve.
There’s also a strong connection between Suggs and Tennessee, as his old defensive coordinator from his days with the Ravens, Dean Pees, is now the defensive coordinator for the Titans.
At this point, it would be shocking if he got past the Titans, regardless of what his future plans are. If they’re smart, the Titans will call Suggs’ bluff, if for nothing else other than to block the Ravens from getting stronger.
Despite his age, Suggs has shown he still has some gas left in the tank. The former Raven has totaled 5.5 sacks, seven QB hits, four forced fumbles and 37 tackles (23 solo, eight for loss). He had played in all 13 games this season before being released.