Los Angeles Rams Sign All-Pro Ndamukong Suh

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The rich just continue to get richer. In the same offseason that the defending NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams have acquired Pro Bowl cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, they’ve added another big fish.

The team announced on Monday that it has signed three-time All-Pro Ndamukong Suh to a one-year contract.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the deal is worth $14 million over one season.

Suh, 31, was released earlier in March by the Miami Dolphins as part of a mass salary cap sell-off. The No. 2 overall pick of Detroit back in 2010, Suh has earned three First-Team All-Pro nods and five Pro Bowl appearances in his eight NFL seasons.

He will now team up with reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald to form the best defensive tackle tandem in modern NFL history. Suh was reportedly also mulling offer from the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans.

In a vacuum, this signing makes the Rams major Super Bowl contenders heading into the 2018 season. It also has to create a bunch of fear in opposing NFC West quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Jimmy Garoppolo included.

It also begs one major question. How does Donald himself handle the Rams giving Suh $14 million per season? Remember, the defensive tackle held out throughout training camp and the preseason last year.

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It’s not a secret that Donald wants a raise from the $6.9 million he’s set to make in the final year of his rookie deal. Now that Suh is set to double that pay day, one has to wonder what’s going to happen behind the scenes.

After all, Suh is now among the eight highest-paid defensive tackles in terms of annual salary. Donald himself comes in at just inside the top 20.

But for now, the Rams add yet another elite-level player to a defense led by legendary coordinator Wade Phillips. That has to be music to the ears of fans in Los Angeles.

The Ndamukong Suh Sweepstakes are over.

The veteran defensive tackle officially ended his free agent tour Monday, agreeing to a one-year, $14 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced.

“We are excited have Ndamukong as a part of the Los Angeles Rams,” General manager Les Snead said in a statement. “He’s been an outstanding player in this league and we are looking forward to him being a part of our defense.”

The five-time Pro Bowler was released by the Dolphins earlier this month, halfway through a six-year, $114 million contract that had made him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

His addition is the latest move in an offseason reshaping of the Rams’ defense. Los Angeles also added cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, and later traded away pass rusher Robert Quinn and linebacker Alec Ogletree.

Suh joins a defensive line that already features the reigning defensive player of the year in defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who is seeking a contract extension as he enters the fifth-year option of his rookie deal. The two will become the first pair of defensive tackles on the same team each to have at least three all-pro selections entering a season together.

Los Angeles’ defense ranked fourth in sacks last season with 48 but finished just 19th in total yards with an average of 339.6 allowed per game.

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