Ndamukong Suh would be a perfect fit for the New Orleans Saints
Ndamukong Suh came up one game short in his quest for a Super Bowl and now could be looking for a new home this offseason. The Los Angeles Rams’ defensive tackle is going to be a free agent this March and should have a lengthy list of potential suitors. For the following reasons, Suh would be a perfect fit with the New Orleans Saints.
Winning a championship is clearly very important to Suh. He stated publicly many times that he declined more lucrative offers from other teams in order to sign with the Rams, who he felt like provided him the best opportunity to win. The Saints are a team in win-now mode and were one play away from reaching the Super Bowl themselves. Suh played amazing in the Rams’ playoff run and likely earned himself a big payday in the process.
The Saints aren’t drowning in cap space at the moment, but will likely release at least a handful of guys between now and the start of free agency and will have enough money available to make a run at the former second overall pick. There’s also a direct need here for the Saints. They had a great run-stuffing defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, but Rankins tore his Achilles in their divisional round playoff win over the Eagles. The devastating injury will sap some of Rankins’ explosiveness, and he’ll be hard-pressed to make it back in time for Week 1.
Run defense was one of the Saints’ strengths all season long and adding Suh would ensure that it would only get better next season. Suh showed in the playoffs he’s still capable of playing at an elite level, and stopping the run is absolutely critical in January.
The Patriots dominated opponents all postseason with their running game, and if the Saints want to win a Super Bowl they’ll need somebody like Suh in the middle.
Drew Brees isn’t getting any younger and New Orleans’ front office knows they need to maximize the window they have left. Expect them to be aggressive in bringing in veterans on short-term deals. Suh has already shown he’s willing to play on a one-year deal and reenter the market the next year. The interest should be mutual, as it makes a ton of sense for both sides.
Don’t be surprised if you see Suh in The Big Easy next year.