Tennessee Titans: Ndamukong Suh, How Do You Do?
By Kyle Zwiazek
Silly season has arrived and teams are meeting with free agents about potential fits. The Tennessee Titans have drawn in a big defensive tackle that could change the course of next season: Ndamukong Suh.
After his visit to the New Orleans Saints, Ndamukong Suh hopped on a plane to Nashville to meet with the Tennessee Titans’ management. The 31-year-old defensive tackle is widely considered as one of the best players in the game. That regard even earned him a six-year, $114 million contract from the Miami Dolphins a few years back. Well, as most contracts of that length and money go, Suh was released from it earlier this off-season.
It is not every day that a player of Suh’s caliber is available on the open market. GM Jon Robinson and the Titans’ staff are doing their due diligence by meeting with Suh. Beefing up the defensive line should be one of the focuses of this off-season. Suh would definitely be a way to do that. Just imagine a world where a running back has to go through Jurrell Casey and Suh. Good luck to that guy.
Is it possible he comes to Nashville?
The answer is a resounding “yes”. Suh has a connection to Titans defensive line coach Terrell Williams. Williams worked as the defensive line coach in Miami for three seasons while Suh was there. That connection could end up being a deciding factor in his decision.
Another big reason why Suh may come to Tennessee is that there is an opportunity for playing time. The Titans have recently let go of two top defensive linemen in Karl Klug and Sylvester Williams. They will have to replace those guys, and eyeing Suh may be the reason they let those two go.
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There is also the idea that the Titans are very close to being playoff relevant. The team had their first playoff action in a long time last season and are expected to take the next step in 2018. Suh has never been on a team that struck fear into anyone in the playoffs. If the Titans continue to build this off-season, they will be one of those teams. The opportunity to win goes a long way for players, especially when their careers are on the wrong side of 30.
Should the Titans do it?
Like every free agent out there, it comes down to money. He is going to be looking for a ton of money and some team will give it to him. This quite possibly will be the last contract Suh gets in his career. The Titans should not overpay too much. They will have to overpay to get his services, but it may be worth it. Suh has made a lot of money in his career, and it is tough to tell what the price for Suh will be. Due to his veteran status, he will want a lot of guaranteed money. Robinson knows what he is doing and will not make an offer that will hurt the Titans’ future plans. It would be nice to have a defensive tackle that has essentially been a younger and better version of Albert Haynesworth.