Free Agent Frenzy: Ndamukong Suh

Should the New York Giants consider signing free agent Ndamukong Suh?

More than likely, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is going to hit the open market. He’ll be a hot commodity for many teams in desperate need of a disruptive force of the former Nebraska Cornhusker’s caliber in the middle of their defense.

There’s been plenty of speculation about which teams might seek his services, and one of those teams which have been touched on quite a bit already is the New York Giants. Some of that is Suh’s fault. The Lions defensive tackle had been reported to be interested in signing with a New York team to “promote his brand” early during the 2014 season.

The addition would obviously be a superb one for the G-Men. Suh is one of the best defensive linemen in the league and his presence would provide an instant boost to the Giants’ mediocre pass-rushing unit (he had 8.5 sacks in 2014).

Signing the sometimes troublesome Suh would cost the Giants, though. The 28-year-old is expected to be one of the most expensive signings of the offseason. It would also put their ability to re-sign former first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul at risk, who should also command a lump sum in free agency this spring.

But now a report by Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole has surfaced indicating Suh is no longer interested in playing football in New York anyhow. Instead, he wants to play for a contender like the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.

Unfortunately for Suh, the Seahawks have their own financial problems that could keep them from signing the talented defensive lineman. Some of their own guys like quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch and linebacker Bobby Wagner must hold precedence over signing Suh.

With that in mind, could that still leave the door open for Suh to join the Giants? The G-Men will likely give him a long look, but the price at which he’ll come and the headache he’ll bring probably won’t be worth the effort. His sometimes undisciplined ways are well documented and would probably make him an unwelcome addition by authoritarian head coach Tom Coughlin.

The Giants have a variety of needs to fill this offseason, besides re-signing JPP, including adding a safety, bolstering the offensive line and finding improvements at linebacker alongside Devon Kennard. Giving Suh the deal he’s likely to seek would only handcuff them during free agency. He would be a nice asset to have, but with Johnathan Hankins and Cullen Jenkins still in tow, he’s a luxury they can afford to be without.


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