It has become apparent that the Detroit Lions could fail in their attempt to re-sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh when he becomes a free agent this offseason. While he has been one of the top producing linemen in his four plus years with the team, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft has become quite the enigma on and off the field for the Lions.
Suh will provide his new team with the ability to pressure the quarterback – his specialty as a defensive tackle. Along with his ability will come his fiery attitude and temperamental personality. While the Lions are not willing to deal with Suh, there will undoubtedly be multiple teams lining up to sign the 3-time Pro Bowler.
Who might some of those teams be?
2014 team sacks: 8.0
2015 salary cap space: $31,912,978
It would probably be more beneficial for the Colts if Suh could block on the offensive line, but it is likely Indianapolis will take a look at the defensive tackle. With the Colts’ re-signing defensive end Robert Mathis to a one year extension, the combination of the two pass rushers could give Indianapolis a formidable defensive line.
With Andrew Luck demolishing defenses left and right, the Colts seem to be one strong defense away from becoming an elite team in the NFL. Coach Chuck Pagano is looking for a standout player to mold his defense around, and Suh has the opportunity to become that guy for the Colts.
2014 team sacks: 3.0
2015 salary cap space: $27,496,029
To put it bluntly, the Falcons defense is horrendous. Their three sacks rank second to last in the league, right behind the St. Louis Rams. Coach Mike Smith has a defensive background and is more than aware of his team’s dire needs on that side of the ball as they are slow and unproductive.
While the addition of Suh wouldn’t cure there secondary struggles, it would give the team much needed help with their pass rush and front seven. With Suh, the Falcons could begin rebuilding their struggling defense from the inside out – beginning with the defensive line.
2014 team sacks: 8.0
2015 salary cap space: $33,421,652
The combination of Suh and defensive coordinator Ray Horton would be a glorious sight to see. While the Titans currently allow just 3.8 yards per rush, their line has been unable to apply consistent pressure against opposing quarterbacks.
One downside to this possible signing could be the needs of the Titans on the offensive side of the ball. It is no secret that their offense struggles, and the addition of Suh would command a good chunk of their cap space. While Suh would be a great cornerstone for their defense, at this point in the team’s rebuilding stage he could be more of a luxury than a need.
2014 team sacks: 9.0
2015 salary cap space: $3,621,383
At the moment, the Patriots have very little cap space for the 2015 season. However, there is likely to be quite a reshuffling of the roster by the time the 2015 season begins and the likelihood of increasing their cap space is a good one.
Yes, the Patriots have actually been much better on defense than they have on offense this season, but they are always fond of adding playmakers to their defense. Whether it was acquiring Darrelle Revis last offseason or Adalius Thomas in 2007, the Patriots are fond of making surprising signings on the defensive side of the ball – and Suh would fit the bill perfectly.
Don’t put it past Bill Belichick.
2014 team sacks: 4.0
2015 salary cap space: $55,951,162
This relationship seems almost too perfect to be true. The Raiders will have an enormous amount of cap space in 2015 and they have a huge need to add talent on the defensive side of the ball. In addition, Suh brings the mean attitude that could go a long way towards instilling fire back into the organization.
In addition, this just seems like the type of free agent signing that has “Raiders” written all over it – going all out after the biggest name on the free agent market. Does that mean it will be a successful move? Not necessarily, but it would be a great way for Oakland to garner some excitement from their fanbase (in addition to this).
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