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Linebacker Terrell Suggs signs four-year extension with Ravens

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As a 20-year-old fresh out of college, Terrell Suggs never intended to spend his entire NFL career with one team.

Now the Pro Bowl linebacker embraces the idea of going the distance as a Baltimore Raven.

Suggs signed a four-year extension Monday that saves the Ravens salary cap room and puts Suggs in position to finish his career in Baltimore.

“At the beginning, I was just like, 'I'm going to go in here and I'm going to take the league over,'" the 11-year veteran recalled. "Young, stupid, arrogant. I was quickly humbled. (Now) I don't want to go anywhere else. This city loves me."

Suggs, 31, signed a six-year deal in 2009 that expired after the 2014 season. Now he's signed through 2018. He was expected to count $12.4 million against the salary cap. With his new deal, that figure becomes a far more manageable $7.8 million.

Suggs earned his sixth Pro Bowl invitation in 2013. He is the franchise leader with 94 1/2 sacks, ranks second in tackles behind Ray Lewis and is first in forced fumbles.

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The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract with defensive end Austen Lane.

The 6-foot-6 Lane appeared in two games with Detroit last season after playing for Jacksonville from 2010 to 2012.

He will be reunited with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who was in charge of the Jaguars' defense when Lane played there.

A fifth-round pick by Jacksonville, he has 64 tackles and three sacks in his career.

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