Ndamukong Suh was released by the Miami Dolphins after three seasons with the team. The defensive lineman was about halfway through a huge six-year, $114 million contract with $60 million guaranteed which made him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. He’s shown signs of greatness, often putting fear into the eyes of top quarterbacks but sometimes his aggressive play comes at a cost for his team.
There was also some baggage that came with Suh, most notably his on-field play which some have labeled as ‘dirty’ and how difficult he was with the media at times. But the Los Angeles Rams have made it a point this offseason to welcome some other players who had some prior transgressions on their record. LA decided to reportedly have Suh join the Rams on a one-year deal worth $14 million.
Following comes from Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Former Dolphins’ DT Ndamukong Suh reached agreement with Los Angeles Rams on a one-year, $14 million deal, per source. Suh took less to go to LA.
Suh and Aaron Donald now manning LA’s front.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2018
The Rams and their defensive coordinator Wade Phillips all but made the news official on twitter.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 26, 2018
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) March 26, 2018
Suh is just the latest big name move made by the Rams this offseason. They let longtime defensive back Trumaine Johnson walk in free agency, traded for animated cornerback Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs and veteran Aqib Talib, who had his fair share of past issues before the Denver Broncos shipped him out of town. LA also traded away defensive end Robert Quinn to the Dolphins and sent Alec Ogletree off to the New York Giants but they’ve retooled very nicely with the additions of Suh and the two top-tier cornerbacks. It’s a risk to bring some of these guys in but one that might pay off for a team with the right culture.