Ndamukong Suh, DT
Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Ndamukong Suh is unmatched when it comes to his effectiveness as a defensive tackle. He’s been a tremendous boost to the Detroit Lions defense. As an anchor of the front line, teams found it difficult to find success running the ball with Suh plugging up the middle. Suh would be a tremendous improvement for the New Orleans Saints, but there’s a few issues when considering him.
First and foremost, Suh’s price tag would be astronomical. He’s been rumored to be paid more that Houston’s J.J. Watt. Suh has no intentions of taking a hometown discount to remain in Detroit, and would command a franchise tag of $26.7 million alone. Watt’s six-year contract extension that he signed at the beginning of September gave him $100 million.
The other part of Suh is his reputation. While some might suggest that his style could fit Rob Ryan and company, the fact remains that Suh’s collectively been fined over $215K in his first four seasons. He was deemed the ‘dirtiest player’ in the NFL, and earned a title of the league’s least-liked player in 2012. As much as he could help, he could hurt.
With a team that desperately needs discipline in 2015, Suh is not a player that fits the Saints list of needs.