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Raiders urged to sign former No. 2 who would be ‘invaluable’

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The Las Vegas Raiders have spent big bucks this offseason. The team, along with Hunter Renfrow, Chandler Jones, Maxx Crosby, Derek Carr and Davante Adams, spent over $440 million. Despite all this spending, they should consider spending a little more money.

The Raiders had a surprising place in the playoffs last season and there’s no doubt the roster is even better positioned as we head into 2022. Offense should be a top-10 unit in the NFL, but there are still some questions about defense. Aside from Jones, Crosby and Denzel Perryman, the team doesn’t have many proven stars in defense. If they’re looking for more star power, options are available.

Brad Stainbrook of 247 Sports recently reported that the Raiders have shown interest in five-time Pro Bowl defenseman Ndamukong Suh. He still remains in free agency and Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine believes Las Vegas is the best fit for him due to quarterback talent in the AFC West.

“The Raiders have remodeled the inside of their defensive line this season with new signings Bilal Nichols and Vernon Butler,” Ballentine wrote.

“However, Suh brings better pass rush production, which will be invaluable as the Raiders prepare to defend against Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Russell Wilson in their division.”

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Suh is 35 now, but he’s had a 6.0 sack season, which is solid for a defensive tackle his age. The former No. 2 overall for the Detroit Lions has had a long and distinguished career. After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently signed Akiem Hicks, Suh’s time with the team seems to be over. However, his career is not quite over yet.

The Raiders offer him an interesting opportunity. The team should be a contender on paper and Las Vegas is an attractive city for Suh. You probably wouldn’t offer him the most money, so it depends on what he’s looking for before deciding to retire. Suh’s swagger makes him perfect for the Raiders and he would look great in the silver and black uniforms.

The defensive line has been the positional group the Raiders have tackled the hardest this offseason. Outside of Jones and Crosby, there aren’t much differences on the defensive line, especially on the inside. Suh would allow for a pass rushing upgrade from inside the defensive line. Considering the Raiders have the toughest roster of quarterbacks in their division to play against, having an inside pass-rushing presence would be tremendous.

That being said, the Raiders don’t necessarily have to sign Suh. The team drafted two defensive tackles with advantages in Neil Farrell and Matthew Butler. They also signed Bilal Nichols who has pass rushing skills. None of them have proven themselves like Suh, but they are all significantly younger. The Raiders just got a look at their defensive line at the recent mandatory minicamp. If they sign Suh, it would be a sign that they weren’t impressed with what they saw.

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