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Browns to Eye Ravens LB Suggs in Free Agency?

The Browns are a team in need at a number of positions, but linebacker could be this teams biggest need as the 2009 NFL free agency signing period starts on February 27th. There are a number of good linebackers that will be on the board this year for the taking, and three of them will be available from the rival Baltimore Ravens, who have Ray Lewis, Bart Scott and Terrell Suggs all lined up to be free agents then the signing period starts.

The Monday Cleveland Plain Dealer says that the Browns are going to eye in on Suggs, who has averaged about nine sacks over the past six seasons. Plus Suggs’ age is a plus to the Browns, as he’s only 26 years old, meaning that some of his best football is still ahead of him, even though he’s played at a high level for a number of years already.

Suggs would fit the Browns and their 3-4 defense that will be run by new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, but the team needs players like him to make it work, as right now, the linebacker spot is the low point of the defense, plus they are likely to lose Andre Davis once the 2009 NFL free agency signing period starts.

The Ravens have already committed to telling anyone that will listen that they want to keep emotional leader Ray Lewis around, so it looks like Scott and Suggs will be free to the highest bidders. Scott is rumored to have interest from the Jets, while Suggs would be a great fit for the Browns. Now the question will be just how much the big man wants to make the move to the Ravens AFC North division rival.

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2 Responses to “Browns to Eye Ravens LB Suggs in Free Agency?”

  1. Dan B. says:

    He blew the Browns off three years ago, when it looked like we might have some potential, what makes them think he would want to come here now?! Between poor performance from the team and management and the all too large a threat of staph infection and ANOTHER new head coach who did not get rave reviews from players and personnel from his last team, and ignores our best defensive player (Rogers) when he had an opportunity to intro himself. We will have a hard time signing any free agent let alone Suggs.

  2. Clayton says:

    Dan is right in that Suggs may not be interested. But that should not stop the Browns from trying. Suggs would indeed be a good fit with the Browns, and he would fill a gaping hole in our sacks and QB pressure. I’ve been one of the few who thinks we should focus on defensive players who can rush the QB rather than pure tacklers. That’s why I don’t think Aaron Curry is our best choice in round 1 of the draft – I would go for someone like Aaron Maybin of Penn State whose stats on sacks, QB pressure and turnovers are truly stellar for a sophomore. In any event, yes go after Suggs.

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