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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh surprised Terrell Suggs left

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For the first time in Terrell Suggs’ NFL career, he will not be wearing a Baltimore Ravens uniform on opening day, as the long-time linebacker signed with the Arizona Cardinals earlier this week.

Suggs’ decision to leave the Ravens for the Cardinals was a bit of a shocker to Baltimore, and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he was surprised when he heard the news but completely understood Suggs’ decision:

“I definitely didn’t see that one coming,” Harbaugh said, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “It wasn’t about money for Sizz. When you talk to him about that, you understand. He had his personal reasons for it, and they’re very good reasons. They’re family-oriented.”

Suggs grew up in Arizona and played his collegiate football at Arizona State University, so perhaps him signing a one-year deal with his hometown team is not too jarring, after all.

The 36-year-old is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and finished with 34 tackles, seven sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, six passes defended, and a defensive touchdown.

Suggs was originally selected by the Ravens with the 10th overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft and has played for Baltimore ever since, making seven Pro Bowls, earning a First-Team All-Pro selection, and, most importantly, winning a Super Bowl along the way.

His best season came in 2011, when he racked up 70 tackles, 14 sacks, two interceptions, a league-leading seven forced fumbles and nine passes defended en route to the only First-Team All-Pro selection of his storied career.