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'Motivated' Terrell Suggs looks like he's 25 years old again

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Defensive coordinator Dean Pees recently ran into Terrell Suggs while walking into the Baltimore Ravens' weight room.

"Man, you look like you are 25 years old again," Pees told Suggs.

Suggs, who will turn 35 in October, is participating in the Ravens' offseason conditioning program for the first time in his 15-year career, and it's visibly paying off. Coaches and teammates are raving about Suggs' improved physical condition, saying the former NFL defensive player of the year looks like he's in the best shape of his career.

Why isn't Suggs in Arizona, like past offseasons? During his media session Thursday, Suggs repeatedly stressed about how the team has to live up to its potential this year and has to make it all count after not reaching the postseason the past two years.

"Anytime you fall short, you're going to be disappointed," Suggs said Thursday, the final day of the Ravens' mandatory minicamp. "That's definitely going to add a chip and some motivation to your offseason. Hence, why I've been here."

There has been an increasing urgency with Suggs in recent years. He's the oldest defensive player on the Ravens, and he's only signed through the 2018 season.

"He's always been determined. It's always been important to him," Harbaugh said. "But I've never seen a more motivated Terrell Suggs than we have right now."

Suggs didn't specifically talk about when he plans to call it quits. He was asked whether he wants to chase the longevity of Ray Lewis, who played for the Ravens for 17 years.

"You don't want to cap yourself," Suggs said. "But the NFL season sometimes has other plans for you. As long as you can keep doing it and keep being productive, then you can keep doing it. But time is undefeated."

Suggs had been one of the most durable players in Ravens history. In his first nine seasons, he played in 141 out of 144 games.

But two torn Achilles tendons and a biceps injury sidelined Suggs for 23 games during the past four seasons, including the final 15 games of 2015. Last season, he tore his left biceps in October and still led the team with eight sacks in 15 games.

This offseason, Suggs sat out most of the organized team activities and was limited during this week's mandatory minicamp. That doesn't mean he had a light workload.

"It's kind of funny to see him die in workouts, doing the running and lifting," safety Eric Weddle said. "It's great for him. He knows at this point in his career that he needs to be in the best shape of his life. He needs to be as strong as he can so he can get through this season -- because we need him. He's an impact player. He's our leader. He's a once-in-q-generation-type player."

Suggs has 114.5 career sacks, which ranks third among active players. Only Julius Peppers and Dwight Freeney have more.

Still, Suggs indicated that he hasn't felt this great in June in years. That's why he's not ready to talk about calling it quits.

"I'm just enjoying my time," Suggs said. "When it's time for me to cross that bridge, I will cross it proudly. But I just don't feel like it's time yet."