KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Terrell Suggs didn't know where he would end up after the Arizona Cardinals waived him last weekend.
The talented pass rusher apparently wanted to return to the Baltimore Ravens, where he spent 16 seasons from 2003-18. And an ESPN report indicated he would "strongly consider not reporting" if a team other than the Ravens claimed him.
Suggs changed his mind once the Kansas City Chiefs claimed him waivers ... with a little help from a brief chat with Andy Reid.
"It was hard to turn down a reigning MVP and a playoff team, and the exciting things that they're doing," Suggs said Wednesday. "This atmosphere, it's kind of hard to turn down.
"I was really uncertain about my future last week, but I talked to Coach. Brief conversation, but I was like, 'OK, let's do it.'"
Reid pointed out the conversation wasn't a "recruiting-type situation," rather an opportunity to address any concerns Suggs might have had about going to a new team shortly after getting released.
"He wanted to know what was going on," Reid said. "He's a thorough guy. Did I have to put the hammer down on him or anything? No. He had some questions, which guys do that have been around and I think he liked what he heard, and he was fired up."
Suggs isn't the only one thrilled about having the pass rusher join the team with two games remaining in the regular season and the postseason on the horizon
"Just to add someone like that at this point of the season that you know is going to come in and produce, I mean, I was very excited to have that," quarterback Patrick Mahomes said on his reaction to hearing the news the Chiefs were bringing in Suggs.
Right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif agreed.
"He's such a great player and you're like there's no way you're going to end up two weeks before the playoffs with a player of that caliber," Duvernay-Tardif said. "And then we get him and now he's on our team. It's awesome."
Suggs joins a 10-4 team that has already clinched a postseason berth and he brings proven career production to help.
The 37-year-old Suggs has 138 career sacks, which ranks ninth on the NFL's all-time list. He is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection on his accomplished career, which includes winning the NFL Defensive Player of Year in 2011 after he totaled 70 tackles and 14 sacks that season.
And despite his age and time in the league, Suggs apparently has not lost a step.
"I would tell you off the tape he can still play and loves to play," Reid said. "I mean, he loves to play the game — he's one of those kinds of guys — and arguably a future Hall of Famer. I've coached him before in the Pro Bowl and I've coached against him. I'm glad he's on our team right now."
Suggs' arrival reunites him with Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who served as a senior defensive assistant and secondary coach in Baltimore for two seasons (2013-14).
Given his familiarity with Spagnuolo's tendencies, Reid believes Suggs shouldn't have too many issues picking up what the Chiefs do defensively.
"I would say plug-and-play, but there are things he also has to go back and review," Reid said. "He is a meticulous note taker and studier. ... He was digging in this morning and getting everything down, and making sure he's got all the ins and outs to the defense down."
Whether Suggs is ready for action for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears will likely be up to the coaching staff.
But it sure sounds like Suggs believes he can hit the ground running alongside pass rushers Frank Clark and Tanoh Kpassagnon with a view to get the Chiefs over the hump for a championship appearance.
"I can come in and contribute off the bat," Suggs said. "This is a good team that was a penalty away from the Super Bowl last year. I mean, they're not really missing much, but hopefully I can add that extra addition that we can potentially do something special.