Free agency has started to take a back seat to the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, but a number of talented players remain unsigned. That includes veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The five-time Pro Bowler has racked up 71 tackles (16.0 for loss) and 12.0 sacks over the last two seasons.
Contending teams looking to shore up the defensive line should be looking into what it would cost to add Suh to the mix. A similar deal to what he signed last offseason (1-year, $9 million) should be expected. Here's a look at three of the best remaining free agent destinations for Suh.
Ndamukong Suh Free Agency
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Reports claim the Buccaneers have stayed in touch with Suh throughout the offseason and there's an obvious reason why. The 35-year-old has gotten to the quarterback and played his role in rush defense rather well during his three seasons in Tampa Bay. It's obvious that Suh has become very familiar with the scheme head coach Bruce Arians' runs. Quarterback Tom Brady's return to the NFL also puts the Bucs right back into Super Bowl contention. The idea of grabbing a second Super Bowl ring is likely enough to draw Suh toward Tampa Bay. After all, he has started every single game for the team since the start of the 2019 season.
2. San Francisco 49ers
If Suh cannot ultimately come to an agreement with Tampa Bay, look for the 49ers to swoop in. Keep in mind Suh lives on the west coast and staying close to home may be a priority at this point in his career. There's an open spot on the d-line thanks to the departure of D.J. Jones in free agency, too. Suh could line up alongside Pro Bowler Nick Bosa and wreak havoc in the NFC West. While San Francisco tied for fifth in the NFL last season in sacks (48.0), signing a three-time All-Pro defender would bring the defense to a whole other level. Suh could be the missing piece to the puzzle.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are another team that lost a reliable DT in free agency. Larry Ogunjobi is no longer under contract following his breakout 2021 season (7.0 sacks in 16 starts). D.J. Reader is expected to step into a larger role, but the idea of bringing Suh into town has to be enticing for Cincinnati's front office. The Nebraska product's massive frame makes him an elite run-stopper and his motor never stops when attempting to get into the backfield. The Bengals' championship window is open right now. Putting together an elite defensive line would certainly come in handy when facing quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson in the AFC North.
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