Following the signing of veteran DT Akiem Hicks, it became apparent that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were leaving Ndamukong Suh after three productive seasons with the team. This became even more apparent when Suh was a guest host on NFL Live and said he didn’t see himself playing for the Bucs again.
There has been a lot of speculation about where the veteran inside defensive lineman might end up with much of it hinting at Suh heading to the Cleveland Browns or the Las Vegas Raiders. However, it looks like Suh’s chances of finding a home for the upcoming season are diminishing.
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According to ESPN Cleveland’s Brad Stainbrook, the Browns have left the image of Suh’s landing while the Raiders maintain their interest. The shocking thing, according to the report, is that the Minnesota Vikings came on the scene as a possible landing spot for Suh.
Suh looks set to play for the Raiders as he expressed via his Twitter page:
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However, it will be interesting to see if the Raiders do indeed share the same sentiments. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “the Raiders aren’t as keen on the idea as Suh.” His full statement can be found here.
The Raiders have more of a salary cap to work with than the Vikings, which could make them Suh’s ultimate sidekick. Both teams have space to sign Suh, especially if he’s ready to come out of his last contract with the Bucs for $9 million a year. With his career trajectory coming to an end, I expect Suh will definitely have to take a pay cut to stay in the NFL.
Suh is still an NFL-caliber defensive tackle, but he’s not as disruptive as he was earlier in his career. He should be looking to join a competitor with a deep defensive line with stars running through it. It seems the Raiders and Vikings know this as well. Whatever team Suh lands on the Bucs, she’ll be grateful for her time in Tampa Bay while helping them win the Super Bowl just two seasons ago.
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