Cardinals abruptly release 7-time Pro Bowler Terrell Suggs
The Arizona Cardinals have surprisingly released veteran pass rusher Terrell Suggs, who signed a two-year contract with the team in free agency this past spring.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared the surprising news on Twitter, noting Suggs will now go on waivers but that it’s “uncertain whether the seven-time Pro Bowler will want to continue playing.”
A late-season roster surprise: Cardinals are releasing veteran pass-rusher Terrell Suggs today, per source. The 37-year-old Suggs now will go on waivers.
It’s also uncertain whether the seven-time Pro-Bowl OLB will want to continue playing. But he will be on waivers till Monday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 13, 2019
Tom Pelissero of NFL Media provided a financial perspective of what this move means.
The #Cardinals gave Terrell Suggs a $4 million signing bonus in March and owe him the rest of his $3M guaranteed salary if he's not claimed. Now, cut. Any team claiming Suggs would owe him only the prorated portion of that $3M salary for rest of 2019.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 13, 2019
Terrell Suggs appeared in 10 games for the Cardinals this season, totaling 37 tackles, 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.
A future Hall of Fame defender, Suggs has tallied 138 sacks in his career, which was spent mostly as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
If he does want to continue playing, Suggs could be a valuable addition to a contender this postseason.