T. Suggs, Ravens Headed To Arbitration Over Position Dispute
Terrell Suggs has filed a grievance against the Baltimore Ravens.
At dispute is his official position--and $814,000
When the Ravens used their franchise player tag on Suggs last month, they designated him a linebacker. That gives Suggs a salary of $8.065 million next season if he remains the franchise player--the average of the five highest-paid linebackers in the league.
But Suggs maintains that he's a defensive end. Being designated the franchise player as a defensive end brings a salary of $8.879 million.
Now it will be up to an arbitrator to decide.
The Baltimore Sun reported the grievance and Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged it in a story on the team's Web site. Newsome said he would resume negotiations with Suggs's agent, Gary Wichard, on a possible longterm contract for Suggs once the grievance is resolved.
"We've heard from Terrell's agent... but we are involved in a grievance regarding arbitration of what position he's playing," Newsome told the Web site. "When that is resolved, we'll get back to the table."
By Mark Maske |
March 6, 2008; 9:23 AM ET
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