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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Baltimore Ravens had a good season and that’s because they made the playoffs. Lamar Jackson ignited Baltimore’s offense and everything was trending upward. However now the Ravens have some tough decisions to make with Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith. Those were two of John Harbaugh’s main pass rushers and both guys are heading towards free agency. It’s still possible that one or even both of those players could be re-signed. Baltimore also has the option to franchise tag one of them as well but the truth is someone needs to come back in order to keep this organization in the hunt. That should probably be Smith because he’s much younger than Suggs. At 27 years old he’s got a lot more left in the tank than the 37 year old future Hall of Famer (Suggs). The only benefit of going with Suggs is the Ravens could probably sign him to a cheap contract. Although the emergence of Patrick Onwuasor and Matt Judon give the team’s front office even more incentive to target Smith. With those three guys and a strong year from Jackson and the offense they’d should be very close to making the playoffs again next season. If both Suggs and Smith leave though then there could be trouble on the horizon. Obviously that’s not a risk that Baltimore wants to take because everything is finally coming together. This franchise just won the AFC North and there’s a lot of positive energy swirling around their ball club. You can’t jeopardize that by rolling the dice and hoping everything will pan out without Suggs and Smith. That defense is what Harbaugh hangs his hat on and it’s essentially their ace in the hole. It might not be bad idea to bring them both back and be safe rather than sorry.
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Baltimore could lose their playoff spot if Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith both leave in free agency.