The biggest free agent left in this off-season has officially disappeared from the market. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has signed with the Los Angeles Rams, the team said on Monday.
It's a one-year, $ 14 million deal for Suh, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter .
Suh was released by the Miami Dolphins in the midst of a "cultural change" in early March. It came in half through a six-year contract worth more than $ 114 million. His average salary was the highest in the league, and although he was still one of the best players in his position in the NFL, he did not meet the expectations of this deal in Miami.
Despite the then richest contract for a defensive player, Suh has made only one Pro Bowl with the dolphins in three seasons. That does not mean, however, that Suh has just been in a big regression.
What will Suh bring to the Rams defense?
The dolphins were hoping for more passable productivity from Suh, a defensive attack with a basic skill built to throw off blocks and stop the run. In his last season, he collected a total of 8.5 bags from the Lions, but had only 1
Nevertheless, he was classified by this number as seventh on the defensive. Suh also brings durability and versatility to Los Angeles. He never missed a game with the dolphins and played 83 percent of the defensive snaps of the team last season, which is very high for defensive linemen. (In fact, the only games he has ever missed in his eight seasons in the NFL came from his most notorious moment: a two-game suspension for pounding on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith in 2011.) He does not spin as much as others in his position because he is able to play the end spots and nose tackle.
Maybe the dolphins did not get the desired return, but Suh had four defensive coordinators and many double teams in three years.
The move to Los Angeles makes it extremely difficult for opposing blockers to double it. The Rams will pair the player who was once the league's most offensive defensive attack with the current Aaron Donald player. With Suh, Donald and Michael Brockers collapsing pockets from within, the franchise boasts of the league's least unstoppable lineman.
This raises questions about who will create pressure from the edges. With Suh's pass-rushing, the loss of the defensive end is mitigated by Michael Quinn, who was traded to the dolphins this off-season. However, the team is likely to get by without experienced veteran Connor Barwin (five sacks last season) and will need Matt Longacre to continue his development into a situational tool at the back end.
But with so much internal pressure, it's easier to solve. And the additions of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters will probably also help the pass rush.
Why did the dolphins cut him off?
money. They run away. More specifically, they no longer have salary caps and when the news broke that Suh was not in Miami for long, the dolphins had exceeded the 2018 salary cap. By appointing Suh after June 1, they were able to save $ 17 million on the 2018 salary cap and can focus on taking the team in a new direction.
The dolphins split up with some of the big players, including Suh, who allegedly reset their locker room and supported their chemistry this off-season.
"Suh was a fine single player who was never really a team for the dolphins" The Armando Salguero of Miami Herald wrote.
Obviously this is an issue that obviously does not worry the Rams, who are also reinforcing Talib and Peters, a couple of cornerbacks also known as idiosyncratic and difficult teammates.
The Dolphins have also released the long-term center Mike Pouncy and traded # 1 receiver Jarvis Landry to the Browns. The reality is that Suh was never seen as a problem in the locker room, he just was not a team leader.
So what about the Rams?
Suh is 31 years old, and since he's taking so many snapshots, he's in danger of hitting the proverbial wall.
He also developed two very prominent tags during his career: Dirty Player and Mercenary. The first one may cause some concern, as Suh was punished several times for unsporting behavior and unnecessary rudeness. He has lost more than $ 400,000 in fines or penalties in his career, although only one of them – a $ 9,000 facemask penalty – was in Miami.
The second part of the reason the dolphins released him. He knows that the NFL is a business, and he wants to sell his services to the highest bidder. That shifts something, but it probably should not.
He only got a one-year contract. For the Rams, this is a low-risk, high-rewarding move and a chance for Suh to prove he's still worth big money.
By giving Suh only a one-year contract, the Rams leave plenty of room in the future for Donald. It is not the most expensive contract either. The New York Jets were ready to pay even more to Suh according to Iwan Rapoport of NFL Network but Suh probably chose the Rams because it's a team better equipped to compete in 2018.
With Suh completing the fold, the Rams are ready to ruin business.