Ndamukong Suh visits Seahawks this week. A must sign?
By Lee Vowell
Ndamukong Suh is coming in for a visit with the Seahawks, according to reports. After losing Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman, among others, Suh could possibly rejuvenate the defense. But will Seattle spend the money?
Ndamukong Suh may not be as great of a player as he was with the Detroit Lions. But after spending the last three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Suh has proven to still be among the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL. And Seattle needs him. Yet, sadly Suh could probably do better if he wants to go to an immediate winner.
The Seahawks are a team in transition. Maybe 2018 will simply be a season of that. Maybe Seattle could actually make the playoffs next year. But 2018 could also be the first year in a series of seasons of mediocrity. The steps Seattle has taken to overcome it’s personnel losses has so far been less than exicting.
Since December, Seattle has lost Sheldon Richardson, Sherman, DeShawn Shead and Bennett. And this list does not include Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril, two other players most likely not suiting up with the Seahawks in 2018. Seattle has not signed any players near the quality they have lost. Suh has that high quality, however.
Winners and losers
Seattle now has enough money to sign Suh and yet still have quite a bit leftover, especially if Avril is released. So money isn’t the issue. But Seattle is looking like they will be no better than the third best team in the NFC West next year. And a 31 year-old player like Suh may want to go to a contender.
The Los Angeles Rams are making moves to be a very good team next year, possibly better than they were in 2017. The Rams have already gotten two new good cornerbacks with Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. They still have Aaron Donald. Adding Suh would possibly make them – on paper – better than anyone else in the NFC. And Suh will also be visiting the Rams this week.
This is after Suh met with the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints last week. Both of these teams were in the playoffs in 2017 and could easily be so in 2018.
And the New England Patriots aren’t out of the picture to sign Suh either.
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So if it’s not just about money for Ndamukong Suh but also him wanting to go to a championship-caliber team, Seattle could already in reality be out of the Suh sweepstakes even before he visits.