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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For an NFL quarterback, there isn’t a more important resource than time.

Nothing is more conducive to successful quarterback play than a dominant offensive line. But the best quarterbacks in the league can create time on their own in a multitude of ways: Throwing with anticipation, maneuvering in the pocket to find space, getting outside of the pocket and getting the ball out in a hurry with a quick release.

If you had to pick out one attribute that has made 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo so special over this last month, it’s his ability to manage time.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a quicker release from a quarterback not named Dan Marino. He gets it out in a flash. Garoppolo manages to turn this sure sack into a nine-yard completion despite only have a fraction of a second to get this pass off before Calais Campbell blows him up…

He does it again to convert on third down later in the drive. This release looks like it’s been sped up but it hasn’t…

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That quick release gives Jimmy G an extra beat or two to read the defense, a luxury every quarterback desires. But Garoppolo doesn’t even really need it because he makes decisions so quickly. When he combines his quick release with that efficient decision-making, the 49ers are impossible to defend. Garoppolo does it on this simple slant route that is one of the most impressive feats of quarterbacking I’ve seen this season…

Doesn’t look like much, right?
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Well, here’s a still from directly after the snap. Note the game clock. Garoppolo is looking to his right and hasn’t even finished his dropback…

By the time he decides his first read isn’t there, finds Aldrick Robinson open on the backside and gets him the ball, a single second has come off the clock.

He made two decisions (the front-side concept isn’t open and the backside slant is) and released the ball AND fired it accurately to his receiver in one second. ONE. SECOND. That’s computer-like efficiency that we see out of only the league’s best veteran passers. This is only his sixth start.

Garoppolo still has to refine some parts of his game before we can even thinking about putting him in the elite discussion — he needs to be better at navigating the pocket and handling blitzes before the snap — but it’s clear the 49ers have a future franchise quarterback. And it only cost them a second-round pick.