Chiefs lose Okafor, claim LB Suggs off waivers

Field Level Media

December 16, 2019 at 10:53 pm.

After losing defensive end Alex Okafor for the season to injury, the Kansas City Chiefs claimed former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Terrell Suggs off waivers, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Citing a source, ESPN reported that Okafor sustained a torn pectoral muscle on Sunday, when the Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 23-3. Injured while sacking Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, Okafor has 22 tackles, including five sacks, in 10 games this season, his seventh year in the NFL but first with the Chiefs. He has missed four games due to injuries with the Chiefs.

Suggs, who played 16 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before joining the Cardinals this season, said last week he would “strongly consider” not reporting to a team other than the Ravens, according to ESPN.

A source told ESPN that the Ravens passed on claiming Suggs, 37, because they were last in the waiver wire order and it “wouldn’t make sense.” He had 37 tackles, 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 13 games for the Cardinals, who released him on Friday. It was his first season in his home state of Arizona.

Baltimore drafted Suggs 10th overall out of Arizona State in 2003, and he is the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks (132.5), tackles for loss (193), forced fumbles (33) and games played (229).

The Cardinals signed Suggs for two years and $10 million in March, with $4 million coming via a signing bonus and $7 million guaranteed. He is still owed $350,000 for the final two regular-season games, but he could forfeit that amount if he chooses not to report to a team other than the Ravens.