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The Five Best Suitors For Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh could be handsomely paid by someone but who? (photo courtesy of

The deadline for teams to place the franchise tag on players in the NFL has passed and one of the best defensive players available was not tagged at all. The Detroit Lions failed to tag defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with their franchise tag while trying to negotiate a deal. This means that come March 10th, he is free to sign with whoever they want. At least with the franchise tag, the Lions would have been able to negotiate with him more exclusively. But alas, Suh is 28 years old and ready to hit the free agent market for the first time in his career. And even though the Lions have said over and over again that they plan to re-sign him, despite not placing the franchise tag on him, it is more likely that he has played his last game as a Detroit Lion. So with that being said, where doe Suh land this offseason? There are a couple of attractive places where he could land and others, not so much. Let’s take a look at potential landing spots for Suh.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are a team that is in dire need of a defensive identity. As time went on under former head coach Mike Smith, the team began to lose its identity on defense while the offense began to flourish. Now the balance in this team is gone as the offense is leaps and bounds better than the defense. Failed free agent signings like defensive end Osi Umenyiora did not make them any better over the years and the Falcons now have brought in a defensive-minded head coach in former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. With him being in the fold, he needs a signature signing that can make their defense better immediately. Suh fits the bill there immediately with his nasty (borderline dirty) aggressiveness and the attention he would crave. The only thing they would be missing is a pass rusher off the edge with him and they could have something there pretty quickly. Suh could make a huge difference on this team immediately in a division that is very winnable for the Falcons. Another good thing for Atlanta is they have the cap space to accommodate a contact that Suh would demand.

New York Giants

The Giants are another team that would be perfect for Suh and his services. They are actually one step ahead of the Falcons potentially depending on how Jason Pierre-Paul plays this season. Adding him in the middle of that defense would create even more stress on the middle of opposing offensive lines and take attention away from JPP at the same time. If I were JPP, I would be recruiting Suh to New York because JPP would be set up for a huge season at that point. The combination of Suh and JPP would also make it easier for the secondary of the Giants, which has had problems the last couple of years. And the even bigger positive: the Giants would not deplete all their salary cap signing him to a deal. That means more pieces could be added to make them even better.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Speaking of a team with deep pockets, we all know the Jaguars have them. They are a franchise without a face and in signing Suh, he may become the face of that team by default. Unfortunately, this signing would look more like a money grab than anything for Suh, as the Jags would probably overpay bigtime for him. But the good thing about the division he would be going to is the only team they would have to worry about is the Colts. But that also is a bad thing because they are going nowhere. Ultimately, the Jags and Suh would not be a good mix because at 28, he would waste away down there and end up being a cap casualty eventually to a team that will probably not find itself in the next two or three years at all.

Detroit Lions

Did I mention they wanted to re-sign him? The Lions want him but they may not want to compete with all the money that will be thrown his way in free agency. They maybe could have avoided the bidding war a little if they had put the franchise tag on him, but they chose not to and put themselves square into the middle of the bidding for his services. We all know he is the rock in the middle of their defense and he is the guy that makes their defense go, but at what cost can they bring him back. And the big issue with him and the organization is do they trust him while paying him with all the money to stay on the field and out of trouble. They would be wise to sign him back, but at this point, it seems like they are going to be fighting a losing battle.

Oakland Raiders

Of course this one is another team that would end up being a money grab. But one thing is certain: he would fit the persona the Raiders have perfectly. Suh’s attitude on the field would be loved by Raiders fans and he would also give them a force in the middle of their defense. His ability would be great to see with young guys like linebackers Sio Moore and Khalil Mack. But alas, the reality sets in that this team may be just a money grab for him as well. The Raiders, despite the hope that quarterback Derek Carr created last season, are still the Raiders. And Suh may waste the rest of his career trying to make this team better instead of making them a contender. He would more than likely get paid a ton to go there, but is he willing to sacrifice wins for money is the question.

These five teams are the definitely contenders for the services of Ndamukong Suh. And who knows? There may be another contender pop up outside of these five teams. It should be interesting to see what happens. The Lions have can make a play before March 10th, but they more than likely will not. Let the games begin.

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  1. Dori Longino

    March 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve heard the Bucs associated with him several times in reference to free agency.
    Wherever he lands I’m betting on it being a team that’s a SB contender.

    • Mike Patton

      March 3, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      After the Michael Johnson signing, I don’t think the Bucs go near Suh. And although he probably would like to go to an immediate contender, I don’t think that happens.

  2. ASR

    March 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    There are a myriad of teams Suh could go to but I wouldn’t pay him Watt money. Great player but his character is what would scare my off.

    • Mike Patton

      March 3, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      It’s a slippery slope with character and Suh.

  3. Rob Thomas Brown

    March 3, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Suh would look really good in Atlanta

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