Ndamukong Suh wants to play in Seattle


Jan 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) is blocked by Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (72) during the second quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

In an interesting turn of events for this offseason, free agent Ndamukong Suh says he’d prefer to play for the Seattle Seahawks. Suh is one of the top defensive tackles in the entire NFL, and is certainly the top free agent available available this year.

It is unlikely that the Seahawks could make this happen due to the contract size that Suh will demand. They’d be silly not to at least explore the possibility though. Suh is a difference maker on the field and would be a major upgrade to Seattle’s already dominant defense.

Unless Suh is willing to accept a team friendly deal to make it happen, the Seahawks would have to get creative. They’d likely have to cut Zach Miller and Tony McDaniel. They might also have to be willing to accept letting Byron Maxwell walk in free agency.

Landing Suh would also likely eliminate the possibility of landing one of the big name free agent tight ends or wide receivers. Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas and Demetrius Thomas are currently on Seattle’s radar. It is extremely unlikely that Seattle could fit Suh and one of those offensive weapons under the cap this year.

Suh will likely be a controversial player in free agency. While his on-field dominance is undeniable, he has a reputation for being a dirty player. The most recent example is his calf-stomp on Aaron Rodgers late in the season.

Seattle would actually be a good situation for Suh. Suh is an intelligent man off the field who make the occasional bad decision on it. The Seahawks are a team with great leadership and coaching, who can help keep him under control.

Of course all this talk is meaningless if Detroit decides to use their franchise tag on Suh. The Lions have major cap problems of their own, but they may determine that keeping Suh is worth losing multiple other players.

Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts to this situation. We’ll have to wait and see how it eventually plays out.

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