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Old 02-17-2009, 08:36 PM   #582
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So much for the Suggs dream...

Posted by Mike Florio on February 17, 2009, 9:53 p.m. EST
With three linebackers poised to hit free agency, the Baltimore Ravens faced a trilemma regarding the use of the franchise tag.

They could use it on Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, or Bart Scott.

The choice, barring a long-term deal by Thursday at 4:00 p.m. EST, is Suggs.

“If we don’t have a deal, we will franchise him,” Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. [Editor’s note: Hey, I know him.]

Using the tag on Suggs will cost $10.2 million under the 20069 salary cap — and necessarily will mean that, absent a long-term deal, Lewis and Scott and other free agents (such as safety Jim Leonhard) will hit the open market.

I'll take Leonhard and Scott as consolation prizes...
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