Cap-squeezed Ravens to pay injured Suggs

Cap-squeezed Ravens to pay injured Suggs
May 23, 2012, 10:53 am
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Last week, we talked about reports that the Eagles were going to cut the salary of left tackle Jason Peters, who tore his Achilles tendon while working out near his home, by 3.5 million. That is the same amount they will have to pay Demetress Bell, the player signed to play left tackle in Peters absence.As noted in the article, the Eagles have every right to deduct the money; in fact, they could have not paid Peters at all since he was injured away from the team facility. They told Peters they were docking his pay for salary cap reasons. The Eagles are about 16.8 million under the cap.The Ravens face a similar situation in regards to linebacker Terrell Suggs. He also tore his Achilles while working out near his home. The NFL defensive player of the year is due 4.9 million in 2012 and according to a report the Ravens are going to pay him all of it even if he cant come back late in the season as he hopes.The Ravens are in a much less comfortable cap position than the Eagles are. As of March 30 they were about 1.7 million under. The Baltimore Sun report gives some reasons why this is the logical move for the organization. Jeff Zrebiec says that docking Suggs pay would send a bad message to the rest of the team, could mar Suggs future with the team and, besides, there is no indication that Suggs did anything wrong.The exact same reasons for the Ravens giving their injured player 100 percent of his pay could apply to the Eagles and Peters, who, like Suggs, is arguably his teams best player.Again, what the Eagles did was perfectly legal according to the CBA. But given that Peters wasnt doing anything high risk like skiing or skydiving when he got injured and that he was jus trying to get in shape to do his job, it doesnt seem quite right.Look at it this way. If you are an NFL free agent and you are deciding between comparable offers between Philly and Baltimore, where are you going to play?