The Baltimore Ravens used the franchise tag on Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs for the second consecutive year, a transaction that costs the team $10.2 million against the 2009 salary cap.
"Our plan is to sign 'Sizzle' to a long-term contract," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "We believe our history of keeping our best players for a long time speaks for itself."
The 3-time pro-bowler played last season under the franchise tag price of $8.5 Million, by getting tagged again he is entitled to a 20% raise. Suggs led the team with 8 sacks and a career high 102 tackles last season.
Although Suggs has said he he would like to remain in Baltimore he wants it to be on a long-term basis.
"I like the city, I like the team," Suggs said. "If they don't see me in their future long-term, do not draw me out when I'm 26. At least let me explore my options. If you want me on your team then prove it, do something about it. But if not, we need to part ways and you know it's been a good run."