The Kansas City Chiefs have claimed linebacker Terrell Suggs off of waivers. This past Friday, the Arizona Cardinals released Suggs. Unfortunately for Kansas City, Alex Okafor suffered a season ending torn pectoral injury in yesterday’s win over the Denver Broncos. The acquisition of Terrell Suggs makes plenty of sense, because of that news.
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The pass rusher spent most of his career with the Baltimore Ravens. Back in the 2003 NFL Draft, Baltimore drafted Suggs with the 10th overall pick. For years, the Ravens had daunting defenses. Terrell Suggs combined with Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata and many others to lead the Ravens to many winning seasons.
He finished with many notable accolades while playing in the Charm City. Suggs was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and even won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011. Best of all, he won Super Bowl 47 with the Ravens in 2012.
After all that time with Baltimore, the Ravens did not bring him back this past offseason. He signed a one year deal with the aforementioned Cardinals. In 13 games this season, Terrell Suggs registered 37 tackles, eight for a loss. Also, he has seven quarterback hits and five and a half sacks.
We mentioned how this move makes sense with the disappointing news of Okafor’s injury. Okafor is actually the third different defensive end the Chiefs have lost to injury this season. Emmanuel Ogbah also suffered a torn pec earlier in the season. Meanwhile, Breeland Speaks was placed on injured reserve near the end of the preseason.
Suggs is still a force as a pass rusher, and it never hurts to add more talent to that part of the team. Kansas City currently sits at 39 sacks on the season, which is in the top half of the league. Additionally, Terrell Suggs has the most career sacks of any active player in the league at 138.0. That number ranks ninth all time. He is not just a notable pass rusher. According to Pro Football Focus, he graded slightly better as a run defender with Arizona this year. With a chance to fight for a Super Bowl, Suggs is a welcomed addition to a defense that has changed their attitude and improved play.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.