8 edge rushes from free agency the LA Rams should invite for tryouts

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Edge rusher Suggs

Even though outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is getting long in the tooth, he is still very effective on the football field. And despite advancing to nearly 38 years of age, Terrell Suggs is still held as the gold standard of outside linebacker play in the NFL.  And why shouldn’t he be? Even after 17 NFL seasons, he continues to produce at a high level.

His 2019 season is a perfect example. He played a total of 690 defensive snaps in 2019. He played in 15 NFL games, starting 13 for the Arizona Cardinals. Even with two separate teams, he managed 40 tackles and 6.5 quarterback sacks. He also managed six quarterback hurries, three knockdowns, and 17 quarterback pressures. That’s a pretty good return for a veteran. Now imagine all that production on the same defense as Aaron Donald?

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Suggs would be incredible with Donald

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 265 pounds. While he may never generate 10+ quarterback sacks in a season, he has enough left in the tank to remain a threat to opposing offenses.  He is a big strong defender who would succeed at rushing the quarterback if he only faced one blocker. Next to Aaron Donald, he would get plenty of one-on-one plays.

But as with any veteran considered for a roster spot, there is an even greater role to adding Terrell Suggs to the Rams roster. Think of the benefit to Terrell Lewis, Samson Ebukam, Jachai Polite, Natrez Patrick, and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo?  Coaches can coach players on plays, but veterans can help younger players refine their techniques. Suggs is the gold standard at the position. Adding him in 2020 would pay off through 2024, if only for the quality of play of the Rams young edge rushers.