Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who has played his entire 11-year career with the Ravens, signed a four-year extension with the team Monday. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images)
As a 20-year-old fresh out of college, Terrell Suggs never intended to spend his entire NFL career with one team.
Now the Pro Bowl linebacker embraces the idea of going the distance as a Raven.
Suggs signed a four-year extension Monday that saves the Ravens salary cap room and puts Suggs in position to finish his career in Baltimore.
“That’s the plan,” Suggs said. “Sizzle will be a Raven for life.”
Suggs, 31, signed a six-year deal in 2009 that expired after the 2014 season. Now he’s signed through 2018. He was expected to count $12.4 million against the salary cap. With his new deal, that figure becomes a far more manageable $7.8 million.
“It allows us to have the opportunity to pursue some of our own guys but also be prepared when free agency opens,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said at a news conference to announce the deal.
Drafted out of Arizona State in 2003, Suggs’ lone objective was to make his mark on the NFL — whether it be with Baltimore some other team.
“At the beginning, I was just like, ‘I’m going to go in here and I’m going to take the league over,’ ” the 11-year veteran recalled.
“Young, stupid, arrogant. I was quickly humbled. (Now) I don’t want to go anywhere else. This city loves me.”
That’s how it was with Ray Lewis, a sensational linebacker who spent his entire career in Baltimore before retiring after the 2012 season.
“I’ve learned the value of the word legacy and being on one team and in one uniform your whole career,” Suggs said. “You learn about priorities when you play with a man like that.”
Suggs earned his sixth Pro Bowl invite in 2013. He is the franchise leader with 94½ sacks, ranks second in tackles behind Lewis and is first in forced fumbles.
Not only that, but Suggs showed his prowess as a team player by working out a deal that saves the Ravens plenty of cap space.
“The No. 1 priority for myself, Ozzie and everybody in his building is to win,” he said.
“How do we win? This is the business side of it, where we needed to help bring in guys.”
Ravens to talk to Rice
The Ravens intend to talk to Ray Rice before deciding how to deal with the running back’s arrest in a New Jersey casino.
Atlantic City police say Rice was arrested early Saturday morning after an argument with his fiancee turned physical.
Newsome said he’s waiting to get all the details before deciding what action to take, if any.
“I have not had a chance to talk to Ray,” Newsome said. “I really don’t know that situation. With me, I get all the answers. Then that’s when we make decisions within this organization — once we get all the information we can get.”
The Bears agreed to a one-year contract with defensive end Austen Lane.
The 6-foot-6 Lane appeared in two games with the Lions last season after playing for Jacksonville from 2010 to 2012.
A fifth-round pick by Jacksonville, he has 64 tackles and three sacks in his career.