It makes perfect sense for the Rams to have long discussions over bringing back defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. When he line up next to DT Aaron Donald, the pair resonated so well with one another. The only fatal flaw in any plans to re-sign Suh back to the LA Rams orbited around Suh’s asking price in the 2019 free agency market.
He eventually signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $9.25 million. That is significantly less than the $14 million one-year deal he signed with the LA Rams just one year earlier. If his current earnings trend continues, His 2020 one-year salary should come in on or about $6 million. That should be within the LA Rams reach.
Suh may not be a huge force in his own right, but there is no doubt that his presence on the defensive line amplifies the carnage of DT Aaron Donald. Playing together in 2018, the pair combined for 25 sacks, 118 tackles, 35 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Had the Rams significant cap space to use, this trio would be a great set of players to bring in and simply add to the defensive line rotation. But until the team frees up cap space, it’s a waiting game. Still, there’s plenty of reason to take heart. A few key additions to the team can make all the difference.