The Cardinals passed on Arizona State’s Terrell Suggs in the 2003 draft (they traded out of the No. 6 overall pick for the chance to take two players — Bryant Johnson and Calvin Pace — instead) but they have another chance at the linebacker/sack specialist now.
Suggs is a free agent and told KTVK’s Brad Cesmat at Wednesday night’s ASU-Arizona basketball game that he would love to come back to Arizona and play for the Cardinals — who desperately need the skills he offers.
Suggs said after playing at Chandler Hamilton High and for the Sun Devils, he’d like to complete the circle and play in his hometown in the NFL.
The Ravens fired coach Brian Billick and defensive coordinator Rex Ryan after a disappointing 5-11 season, and Suggs’ five sacks were a career low — well off the 12 sacks that earned him 2003 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and the 20 he collected during his two Pro Bowl seasons (2004 and 2006).
But Suggs will still command a big salary — likely somewhere near $50 million for five years –— and getting the Cardinals to bite at that price might be a pipe-dream. The Cardinals have already said they do not plan to pursue any high-dollar free agents.