NFL latest: Suggs agrees to contract extension, Newton won't hold out

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The NFL is in a quiet phase right now, with the NFL Scouting Combine just around the corner and free agency also on the horizon, but there are still plenty of big headlines breaking over in the States.

The biggest news from today is that star Baltimore pass rusher Terrell Suggs has signed a deal with the Ravens, keeping him at M&T Stadium until 2018, and having enjoyed an incredibly productive career since being drafted out of Arizona State in 2003, and couldn't hide his delight at the prospect of starting and finishing his NFL career with the Ravens.

"I'm truly honored that I get to be a Raven for life," Suggs said in a news conference alongside general manager Ozzie Newsome, who engineered the new four-year deal. Having lost the likes of Ray Lewis, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Cary Williams and Ed Reed from their Super Bowl winning side last year, the Ravens certainly needed to keep hold of their star playmaker.

In other contract news, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton is eligible for a new contract, and unsurprisingly, the Panthers want to offer him a bumper extension to make him one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league. But when asked whether he would hold out if a deal couldn't be struck, the former Auburn star and #1 pick in 2011 stated he would “absolutely not”.

When players are seeking new contracts and can't agree terms, they often refuse to attend practice in order to force a deal, but Newton insists that he won't be doing that this offseason.

Finally, amidst all the chaos and upheaval in Cleveland, the Browns are reportedly making a concerted effort to re-sign star center Alex Mack. One of the best in the league at his position, Mack is set to become a free agent and the recent changes to the front office had thrown his future into doubt, but it seems he could still stay in Ohio yet. Safety TJ Ward is another player that new general manager Ray Farmer is interested in keeping, but he could be slapped with the franchise tag before discussing a long term deal.

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