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Ndamukong Suh and the Rams agree to 1-year/$14M contract deal

On paper, the Rams appear to not only have an improved defense, but one of the great defensive tackle pairing in the NFL's storied history.


Kahron Spearman


Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Los Angeles Rams signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal worth $14 million. 

Suh's acceptance of the Rams' offer is illuminating, as he could have received a higher salary elsewhere. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that the New York Jets were at least one team to offer more, though they subsequently pulled their deal. Schefter, on NFL Live, implied Suh preferred winning and an opportunity to spend time with billionaire owner Stan Kroenke, made Los Angeles attractive.

Opposing offensive lines will now have to deal with the combination of Suh and 2017 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, which is a daunting proposition. Opponents won't be able to consistently double-team both of them, meaning at least one will be working against a single blocker for extended stretches of games.

The Miami Dolphins released Suh following three seasons with the team. Jeff Darlington of ESPN reported his release as part of a "culture change." Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports cited questions concerning "Suh's leadership and on-field behavior" and that "has been seen as aloof by many teammates."

His salary number of $26 million for 2018 was "comparable to higher-end starting quarterbacks," per La Canfora. But for $14 million, Suh provides the Rams a force that instantly improves the Rams' run defense and pass rush, working alongside tackle Aaron Donald.

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