The new general of the Ravens defense had been quiet ever since the team won the Super Bowl in early February.

Terrell Suggs was silent as top young linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger signed lucrative contracts elsewhere, and the older players like Anquan Boldin, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard were shown the door.

With those departures, Suggs had become the team's defensive leader by deed and default. But on Sunday night, minutes before he agreed to an interview, the Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker/defensive end learned that the Ravens had agreed in principle with another Pro Bowl player, former Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil.

"It's still about the W's," Suggs said. "We all had a feeling we would lose some players, but we didn't know how many. But now we have one of the best pass rushers in the game. Not to take anything away from that deal, teams are going to deal with us as a whole because we still have Courtney Upshaw.

"We've added Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, plus the guys we already have, we're pretty big up front. That's a stout group."

Potentially, this could be one of the best, versatile and deepest defensive lines in the NFL.

But that's the problem. There are a lot of ifs here. Canty has to show that he can rebound from a knee injury which forced him to miss most of last season, and so does third-year defensive end Pernell McPhee.

Suggs might have to whisper into the ear of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and request that he come to the various mini and training camps in shape.

There has to be a concern about chemistry when a team brings in three new players like Canty, Spears and Dumervil, and Suggs has his own issues.

He miraculously recovered from a torn Achilles to play in the second half of last season, but also tore a right biceps on Dec. 2 against Pittsburgh.