Reports have come out that the team plans to host arguably top free agent Ndamukong Suh next week, according to NFL Media’s Mike Silver.
The Raiders cannot legally negotiate with the dominant defensive tackle until Friday at 1 p.m. PST.
It shouldn’t be surprising that the Raiders want to host Suh, who is likely the top free agent available. Suh, who is just 28 years old, has 238 tackles and 36 sacks since joining the league in 2010.
On top of Suh’s strong accolades, the Raiders also have the third-most cap room with about $58.8 million under the cap. Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders must also spend a certain amount of last year's cap, giving the front office even more reason to strongly consider the defensive playmaker. They have the room to sign Suh, who may very well become the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
Another playmaker like Suh would free up stellar rookie linebacker Khalil Mack, who faced double teams quite often in his first year. The Raiders need playmakers all over the roster, and Suh would be a strong start, needless to say.
We’ll continue to monitor this situation as the “legal tampering” day of Friday draws nearer, followed by free agency opening on March 10.