Ndamukong Suh, DT
First off let me say this: Ndamukong Suh is a future hall of famer. Five Pro Bowls, three first team All-Pro’s, a defensive rookie of the year award, he is a monster. His numbers may be down this season, but that’s because of the incredibly talented defense he plays on.
It’s hard for Ndamukong Suh to get sacks and tackles for loss when Aaron Donald is completely manhandling some of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. Donald had 7 games this season with multiple sacks, including one with four. That’s right, four sacks. Don’t think that Aaron Donald nearly doubling his amount of sacks this season isn’t without the help of Ndamukong Suh.
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What Suh can bring to this Browns team is the same thing he brought to the Rams. Suh can be a great mentor to the Browns young defensive players and can help them get open. If opposing offensive coordinators don’t plan to stop Suh, he can wreak havoc. That bodes great for the young Browns defensive line.
Ndamukong Suh on the Browns would open up Myles to have a similar season to Donald this year. Currently when teams play against the Browns they’re game plan in protection is most likely to stop Garrett and be prepared for Gregg Williams’ many blitzes.
Placing Suh as a defensive tackle on the other side of the ball would prevent any teams from being able to full slide and prevent Garrett from making a play. If a team slides in protection towards Garrett, they’re leaving Suh one on one with one of their guards, which is a match up Suh will win. The only way to be able to stop that defensive line would be to half slide towards Suh and chip Myles with a running back out of the backfield, but then the team is losing a potential receiver, or a blocker to pick up a blitz.
On January 6th, Ndamukong Suh will be 32 years old. Nearing the end of his career, he is going to want to get a ring. That’s why he signed the 1 year, $14 million dollar contract with the Rams. The Rams are Super Bowl contenders and he’s getting a nice check. However, they most likely wont re-sign him next season. They’ve got their own young core to pay, so Suh might be cut out.
Only 7 teams in the NFL could sign Suh with their current cap. These are the Browns, Colts, 49ers, Titans, Steelers, Jets, and Texans. That would take up almost all of the Texans and Jets’ cap space, so those spots are unlikely. Suh is going to want a ring, so count the 49ers and Titans out also. That leaves it down to the Browns, Colts, and Steelers.
Now with a draft class this loaded in defensive talent, it’s hard to imagine paying a defensive tackle who is old and on the back end of his career. However, the Browns have the 17th pick. Its a real possibility that we miss out on one of the elite defensive tackles. The Browns best case scenario is to draft one in the mid rounds if a defensive tackle isn’t the best player available when they pick 17th, and sign Suh to mentor the draft pick and Larry Ogunjobi.
A one year, $14 million contract would be the best option for the Browns to sign him at. That allows the young defensive tackle we draft to learn for a bit and get stronger, and gives the Browns the best chance to win next season. It also leaves the Browns with a nice chunk of cap still available, so signing him won’t break the bank.