Rams could be in trouble if Ndamukong Suh ends up elsewhere in NFC West

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With reports indicating that Ndamukong Suh would prefer to remain on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Rams could be in trouble if he ends up somewhere else within the division.

Around this time last year, the Los Angeles Rams were considered a long shot to land Ndamukong Suh, mainly because of how difficult it would be to bring him on board with the kind of money he was expected to be seeking.

Rightfully so, Suh had established a reputation for himself as a top defender in the NFL over the years, and while the Rams couldn’t afford to sign him to a long-term deal, it was great to see the two sides agree to a one-year deal worth $14 million.

Was all this money worth it for the former first-round pick? Numbers wise, Suh didn’t stand out like some of the other top defenders across the NFL after only recording 4.5 sacks, but also the argument can be made his presence helped pave the way for Aaron Donald finishing with 20.5 sacks.

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Take this into consideration along with the impressive play put together by Suh in the postseason, early signs seemed to point to Los Angeles doing whatever it took to make sure the veteran defender would be back in the picture for the 2019 season.

However, a recent report indicates the defensive tackle isn’t expected back with the Rams next season, with two of the reasons apparently being a lack of production compared to the money he was making last year, and their current salary cap situation.

While the salary cap situation is understandable since Dante Fowler Jr. recently agreed to a one-year, $14 million deal of his own, it was a surprise to hear the reasons for lack of production since Suh seemed to be a great fit on defense for Los Angeles.

Also, it should be noted how the report claimed that Suh would prefer to stay on the West Coast if possible, meaning if things fail to work out with the Rams, and he joins another team within the NFC West, Los Angeles could be forced to face him twice a year.

Would the Seattle Seahawks or San Francisco 49ers consider the possibility of signing Suh to provide an extra weapon on the defensive side of the football?

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Price wise, both of these teams realize it certainly wouldn’t be cheap to bring Suh on board, but if the Seahawks or 49ers were to sign him, one can only imagine the high level of motivation he would be playing with when facing the Rams in 2019.