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July 14, 2009 2:55 PM

Ozzie Newsome vacations as Suggs signing deadline approaches

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Like many of the folks employed by Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome is on vacation. That should tell you something about the team's contract talks with Terrell Suggs.

Think about it...

The Ravens let Adalius Thomas go opting instead to invest their defensive dollars in the younger and more talented Suggs. Fair enough. Good choice if you ask me and Jarret Johnson's play in AD's absence further validates that decision.

Yet here we are 2 years later STILL waiting on a new deal for Suggs.

By his own admission, Ozzie has deemed a Suggs extension to be an organizational priority. Suggs has to sign any new deal by 4PM tomorrow, July 15 otherwise, all bets are off until February, 2010.

Meanwhile somewhere, Ozzie has his toes in the sand and perhaps a Pina Colada in hand.

But no Suggs!

Ozzie's absence suggests that he's offered Suggs the best deal he can and the line is drawn in the proverbial sand. Maybe Suggs' agent Gary Wichard is simply waiting on 4PM tomorrow to see if the Ravens blink and offer a little more as the deadline approaches.  After all, what is there to gain by signing the deal prior to the deadline?

T minus 29 hours and counting...

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