Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (photo credits: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE
An article on NFL.com talks about the ESPN report that the Baltimore Ravens have the legal right to hold back part or even all of linebacker Terrell Suggs 2012 salary due to his Achilles Tendon injury. The decision is up to the team and not the league, which means the Ravens could decide to negotiate a reduction with incentives for Suggs to earn it back at some point, or just give him his full salary regardless of whether he plays in 2012 or not.
The Philadelphia Eagles are in the exact same boat with offensive tackle Jason Peters. Ironically, both Suggs and Peters have injured Achilles Tendons. The story reports that the Eagles have actually discussed a reasonable reduction with Peters and his agent.
It seems doubtful that Baltimore will attempt to do anything with Suggs' salary, as he has adamantly insisted that he plans to return and play in 2012. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year says his injury was a partial, not a full tear, giving hope that he could return not only this coming season but a lot earlier than most people believe.