The Las Vegas Raiders have already made many big strides this offseason, but they might have another one in them. The talent well in free agency is beginning to dry up, but there are still a few notable names. Perhaps the biggest name available is former No. 2 overall Ndamukong Suh.
The five-time Pro Bowler caused a stir when he singled out the Raiders as a team “cool” to play for. Suh might just be having fun, but he’s shared some interesting insights into his free agency on ESPN.
“Chandler Jones and Maxx Crosby, I was exchanging messages with them the other day,” Suh said on NFL Live. “It’s definitely an interesting opportunity. We’ll see where it ends.
“But this AFC West is very, very tough – which would be fun. If you get out of there, you’re almost destined to reach the Super Bowl.
Jones and Crosby are the two biggest names in Raiders defense, so it’s certainly noteworthy that Suh chatted with them.
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Suh clearly has an interest in the Raiders. They are an up and coming team that could use a player like him. But is Las Vegas also interested? According to USA Today’s Tyler Dragon, there is “mutual interest” between the two sides.
If there is indeed mutual interest, it is possible that both sides will soon agree on a deal. However, Suh played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season for $9 million on a one-year contract. It’s a high price to pay for the Raiders if Suh is looking for a contract in this area. It’s hard to imagine Las Vegas paying that much for him considering how much they’ve invested on the defensive line this offseason.
The Raiders have spent a lot of money this offseason and have been pretty busy. Suh isn’t as notable as he used to be, but he’s still a big name who can make a difference on the field. However, it remains to be seen if Las Vegas has another big step in its wake. Defensive line is not really necessary at the moment. Adding a safety or an experienced cornerback might be more urgent. The free agent good for these positions has mostly dried up.
If the Raiders don’t see a lot of great options to spend their remaining cap spot on, Suh could be a smart option. The team will likely wait a while longer before really considering signing the defender. He would fit in well with the Raiders, but the team may already have younger plays that he likes more. A lot can happen in a training camp. Last offseason, the team brought in Gerald McCoy just before the season started. Perhaps a similar situation will arise with Suh in the coming months.
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