With Ndamukong Suh finalizing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it looks like the Los Angeles Rams will face their former defensive tackle towards the end of September.
Shortly after the news broke the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would release Gerald McCoy, there was plenty of speculation that former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh could be a good fit as a replacement.
Around this time last year, there was plenty of excitement surrounding the Rams after signing Suh to a hefty one-year deal since the thought of the veteran teaming up with Aaron Donald on the defensive line seemed like it would cause nightmares for all opponents.
While there were numerous times in which this turned out to be the case, from an overall perspective, the argument can be made that Suh wouldn’t be worth that kind of money for a second year in a row.
Not to mention, with the Rams already in a tight position salary cap wise, the last thing they could afford to do was overpay Suh, and prevent themselves from addressing other areas in need of improvement, both on defense and offense.
By now, most football fans assumed that Suh would have already found a new team for the 2019 season since it wasn’t too long ago in which he was viewed as one of the most effective defenders in the NFL.
Luckily for Suh, the waiting seems to have officially come to an end, as the speculation surrounding the Buccaneers appears to be accurate with the two sides reportedly closing in on a one-year deal.
The decision to move on from Suh certainly couldn’t have been easy for Los Angeles since the temptation was most likely there to give it another shot, but at least that meeting with Tampa Bay towards the end of September should be extra fun.
As bad as it sounds, the meeting with the Buccaneers at home in Week 4 seemed like one of those games in which the Rams would have little trouble earning the win when looking at how the two teams compare, but the addition of Suh could make things a little more interesting.
Tampa Bay is obviously nowhere near the same level as Los Angeles talent wise, but this doesn’t mean they couldn’t potentially be a sleeper worth keeping an eye on during the 2019 season.
For all the Rams know, an experienced veteran like Suh could end up being another missing piece this team has been searching for to help the Buccaneers earn a trip to the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season, all while adding some extra competition to the NFC.