Roundup: Ravens’ Suggs hopeful of long-term deal

LB Terrell Suggs hopes to have a long term contract with the Baltimore Ravens soon. (Rob Carr / Associated Press)

Ravens LB Terrell Suggs hopes to have a long-term contract soon. (Rob Carr / Associated Press)

Ravens LB Terrell Suggs has been absent from offseason workouts because of his refusal to sign the team’s franchise tender. However, he is hopeful that he can be with the team — — with a new contract — when veterans report for training camp on July 29.

Suggs told the Ravens’ Web site that he believes the two sides were “getting close” to a new deal:

    “Negotiations are going on with the Ravens. Fans can be optimistic that I’ll be [at training camp].” …
    “We’ve talked,” Suggs explained. “There are some minor things we’re working out.”

Suggs has been a regular starter in Baltimore the past five seasons. In 2008, he earned his third career Pro Bowl appearance after posting 68 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) and nine passes defensed.

Here’s other news as we go Around the Web on a Friday:

  • Broadcaster and former NFL QB Boomer Esiason is high on new Jets coach Rex Ryan and believes QB Mark Sanchez has the “it” factor.
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