Four years later, all quiet on Ndamukong Suh

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Four years ago, Ndamukong Suh was the hottest free agent in football. Before teams were even allowed to make offers, let alone finalize them, there were reports that he was going to leave Detroit for Miami and sign the richest contract for a defensive player in the NFL, and that’s what happened.

Suh is a free agent again this year, but it’s been a quiet free agency: There hasn’t even been a report that he’s talking to anyone. Suh is the No. 23 player in our Free Agent Top 100 and the highest-ranked player still available.

The 32-year-old Suh has been a reliably good player — so reliable, in fact, that he has started every game of his career except for his two-game stomping suspension in his second season, in 2011. But he’s no longer an All-Pro defensive tackle, and teams are unlikely to offer him the $14.5 million he made from the Rams last year, and certainly not the $20 million a year he was making with the Dolphins.

Moves can be made quickly in free agency, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Suh remain atop our list of the best available free agents for some time.

53 responses to “Four years later, all quiet on Ndamukong Suh

  1. I would pay him 9-11M with half guaranteed at signing and the other half incentive laden on stat production. In addition, I would try to get him for two more years with less range, say 5-9M based on milestones, but none guaranteed. Total package 19M with potential to 29M, 3 year deal.

    He likely plays just one-two more years, but he showed when needed, he can perform.

  2. Wow! So as you get older, your value goes down and you make less money? You don’t say!

  3. Come on back Big Guy and finish the job in LA, with the Rams Remember, no Pre-Season or no playing after we clinch a 1st round bye. Now you know the defense and where to be. See you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Los Angeles Rams 2020 Super Bowl Champs

  4. He can afford to be choosy. Don’t think money is the major factor here. I believe he wants to be based on the west coast.

  5. We don’t know what his asking price is, but he still graded out as the #20 DI player last year. He just turned 32.

    If he’s strictly in ring chasing mode at this point, the Rams still have about $7m in cap space for 2019 even after accounting for their draft pool.

  6. I think people are underestimating Suh based on his last few years. Rather than the focus piece of the dolphins or rams he had a job to do. And that was to take up extra blockers. I get everyone thinks Donald did it all himself, but i seriously doubt he even gets 15 sacks next year, never mind over 20 with Suh next to him. Same with the dolphins. He makes other people better by freeing up opportunities.The dolphins defense wasted him being there.
    I get why nobody want to pay him 15 million, but hes not washed up or playing bad.

  7. “The Los Angeles Rams 2020 Super Bowl Champs”

    Id like to see it for sure, but Belichick made you guys look pretty bad

  8. Maybe they should pay him “per play” so whoever signs him doesn’t have to pay him for the 40% of the plays he takes off.

    Always respected and liked his game…when he tried.

  9. “We don’t know what his asking price is, but he still graded out as the #20 DI player last year. He just turned 32.”

    Agreed. People are forgetting hes a selfless player, he will take on 2 or 3 blockers if need be. If suh is double or triple teamed than Donald probably isnt and just needs to be his 1 guy

  10. He made it wayyyyyy too obvious he was taking plays off. He didn’t start trying till the end of the season

  11. There is so much video on this guy dogging it. Yes the few plays he makes make him look like a really good option but that doesn’t come close to erasing the inconsistent motor he has. There are cheaper alternatives who may not have the top end playmaking ability but is much more consistent.

  12. maybe his value craters, everyone afraid to sign him. Big Bill, who fears nothing, says ok we’ll try you on a bargain deal for a year to see if you can cut it in the big time. maybe some chump will then overpay again and who knows, there’s a 33% chance you leave with a ring.

  13. Probably just waiting on the right offer. He’s dropped off some but he’s still a very good DT.

  14. Teams saw how he played with less than half an effort during the regular season. There was multiple times during the season that Aaron Donald would face double and triple teams leaving Suh one on one, which he would still give little to no effort and would basically give up if his first or second move didn’t work.

  15. Playing next to Aaron Donald – a legitimate great player – just shows you how bad he is now. In his prime he wasn’t a lot better than now.

  16. For all his accolades, and the hundreds of people who have told us that he will “break Brady in half”, he’s never gotten close and has in fact turns into the invisible man at big moments.

  17. There’s ability, and there’s productivity. When you combine ability with desire to be great, you get super productivity. Ability with no desire isn’t worth a darn. Suh gives a little effort every once in a while because he knows a lot of teams are foolish enough to look at highlight tapes, and think they can motivate a guy to play like that every down. The unemployment line is full of GM’s and coaches who followed that line of thinking.

  18. As is he’s worth $4-$6M in my book as a rotational DT. Had some great moments, maybe one really good season, but never really put it all together play after play, game after game.

    And +1 to @xney – playing next to Aaron Donald and that’s all the better the Rams D-line got? Can you imagine Fletcher Cox next to Aaron Donald??? …that tandem would make NFL history. Not so with Suh. Oh well.

  19. When he was with the Lions he said that he wanted to be the next Michael Strahan….he has a long journey to come close. In 5 years, it with Suh, Who????

  20. He should agree to a pay cut and sign with the Patriots for a shot at a ring.

  21. I think people are underestimating Suh based on his last few years. Rather than the focus piece of the dolphins or rams he had a job to do. And that was to take up extra blockers. I get everyone thinks Donald did it all himself, but i seriously doubt he even gets 15 sacks next year, never mind over 20 with Suh next to him. Same with the dolphins. He makes other people better by freeing up opportunities.The dolphins defense wasted him being there.
    I get why nobody want to pay him 15 million, but hes not washed up or playing bad.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Donald faced more double teams than anyone in the NFL. Not discounting Suh, but Donald is a beast with or without Suh.

  22. This year is a huge draft for defensive lineman. Teams will probably wait to see what they get in the draft before giving a bunch of money to someone at the end of their career.

  23. Suh should be signed later on at the veteran minimum or retire. No more big paydays for Donkey Kong.

  24. Sweatpants World says:
    Come on back Big Guy and finish the job in LA, with the Rams
    >>>>>>><<<<<<
    That would be all well and good,…. but there's one big problem sweat,…… you got no cap room. Suh will need $8 mil to come back,.. maybe more. You have roughly $7 mil of space after the top 51 contracts,…. but you have rookie deals to get done and that's gonna eat more than half of that space. Cut Talib and you've got the room. He's about the only player that wouldn't cost LA a boatload of dead money charge.

  25. Everyone talking crap about Suh knows nothing about him. Hes a monster. One of the best players in the game. He can take over at any point he chooses but his main problem is sometimes he simply doesnt choose to take over. Last year he played Nose in a 3-4. He was ASKED to double gap, take on doubles and stay at the line instead of penetrate. So many clueless fans just flappin their yappers.

    If you think no one has called his agent youre wrong again. Hes most likely asking alot and doesnt want another one year deal. This man hangs out with Warren Buffet. Hes no idiot. Hes waiting for the right deal and the longer he waits, the more teams realise hes the best player out left in Free Agency.

    By the way, he was better in Miami than Detroit, but again you wouldnt know that because no one except Dolphins fans watch Dolphins games. He was doomed from the beginning because the worst GM of all time paid him to be god but sadly, Suh is still a man.

  26. Winning and Football. Never the priority. Latter was the means to the end.

    MoneyMoneyMoney

  27. I think Seattle would put him at the 5 Technique like they did with Red Bryant. Then they could keep Nazair Jones in the tackle rotation with Jarran Reed and Poona Ford. It’s not out of the realm of possibility. He’s from Portland, Oregon.

  28. He has made a lot of money in his career so far. I could see him trying the easy route for the ring. He could sign a cheap 1-2 year contract with the Pats. It is the route plenty of guys at his stage have taken.

  29. Josh P^^^ I heard a offensive lineman talk about Donald and Suh. He stated Suh is pretty easy to play against because all he does is bull rush. If you can hold up to that you will be okay. And most of them have last season.

  30. Probably intentional. Guys like him and Justin Houston are still game wreckers and at their market value will be a great deal for anyone. But there’s a very good likelihood that these guys have turned off their phones and won’t turn them on again until close to training camp time. There’s zero doubt they’ll be signed by someone but I imagine they would rather enjoy life and training on their own until theyre ready.

  31. As always, Suh will do what is best for Suh. Don’t have a problem with that, but wouldn’t pay him huge money either.

  32. I agree that Suh was always over-rated. I watched T.J. Lang eat him up all the time when the Packers played the Lions.

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