BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs #56 of the Arizona Cardinals … [+]
Terrell Suggs may or may not be joining the Chiefs, but Kansas City was wise claim him either way.
The Chiefs picked up the pass-rusher on waivers Monday after he was released by the Cardinals on Friday. The parting of ways was described as a mutual decision by Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Now, the Chiefs have themselves a future Hall of Famer. Well, at least his rights anyway.
Suggs spent the first 16 years of his decorated career with the Ravens. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 37-year-old was only considering reporting to Baltimore once he hit waivers. The Ravens, however, own the best record in the league, and therefore are last in line when it comes to waiver priority. In order for a reunion, every other contender would have had to ignore Suggs’ availability, and that wasn’t going to happen with Baltimore already among the favorites to win this year’s Super Bowl.
That’s why the Chiefs couldn’t go wrong.
Kansas City could use Suggs’ services, especially after losing defensive end Alex Okafor to a torn pectoral muscle, according ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Okafor leaves a gaping hole in the Chiefs’ pass-rush, one that Suggs could help fill if he were willing to play for the team. Suggs is no longer the superstar he was during his Ravens days, but he did start in every game for the Cardinals this year, recording 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 37 tackles while battling hamstring and back issues. Kansas City, another Super Bowl hopeful, won’t find help better than that this late in the season.
If Suggs doesn’t report to the Chiefs, however, the claim was still a savvy one on Kansas City’s part. The best-case scenario is that the Chiefs added the active sacks leader to a pass-rush that’s been weakened by injuries. The worst-case scenario is that they prevented a fellow contender – and perhaps the most formidable one – from upgrading.
Whatever Suggs decides to, the Chiefs scored themselves a win on the waiver wire Monday.