Suh Set To Test The Market
Ndamunkong Suh is set to test the free agency market after the Detroit Lions elected to not use the franchise tag on him.
Speculations have connected the Miami Dolphins and the Indianapolis Colts to make a strong push for Suh.
Detroit has stated that they do indeed want Suh back, but after you allow a player of his caliber to test the market the chances of resigning him are slim.
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Suh to Philly?
A team that would be an intriguing consideration for Suh is the Philadelphia Eagles.
After trading their face of his franchise, LeSean McCoy, to the Buffalo Bills it is obvious Chip Kelly is not afraid to make a splash.
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Other than acquiring one of the best young defensive talents in the NFL in Kiko Alonso, the Eagles also cleared a ton of cap space, in the trade, and are now set to have an estimated $50 million.
The Eagles are reportedly interested in cornerback Byron Maxwell, safety Devon McCourty, and outside linebacker Jason Worilds to revamp their defense.
Philadelphia certainly has the money to make all those signings and more, but it's very rare a team gets every player they desire in free agency.
A plan B is a necessity in every aspect of football, and Suh would be a great plan B.
Lets say, hypothetically, the Eagles sign two of the three players mentioned, they would have a ton of money to make a move for Suh.
Some would say “well, Suh has played in the 4-3 and the Eagles run a 3-4”; Suh would fit perfectly with the Eagles. As a 3-4 linemen, Suh is versatile enough to play on the inside or on the edge as a rusher.
Philadelphia already has one of the premier defensive linemen in the NFL in Fletcher Cox, and adding Suh along side him would be scary.
The Eagles were tied for second in the NFL last season in sacks with 49. Adding Suh would instantly transition the Eagles pass rush from being really good to elite.
It would also improve the Eagles run defense dramatically, and all of a sudden, Kiko Alonso and Ndamunkong Suh would make this an elite front seven.
Again this would be a plan B.
More Important Needs
The Eagles need to address their secondary immediately with players such as Byron Maxwell and Devon McCourty.
Running Back is now another need for the birds and rumors are leaking that they have some interest in Mark Ingram.
They also have to decide whether to re-sign Maclin or let him leave. And after cutting Todd Herremans, Philly may be searching for his replacement as well.
Needless to say there are a lot of holes to fill in Philadelphia, but they certainly have the money to fill them with upgrades.
In the immediate aftermath of the trade the fans of Philadelphia ranted about how the Eagles are finished. With time to simmer down more and more people are beginning to see the Silver Lining.
The free agent market has a lot of talent, and Philly has a lot of money to spend.
Philadelphia may soon finally have a top 10 defense again - no one would have expected that from an “offensive genius” in Chip Kelly- and the city craves a good defense.
If the Eagles fail to sign one of their targets and are sitting in the city of brotherly love with a ton of cash, they should definitely give Suh a call and open their pocket books.