Lions Need to Bring Back Ndamukong Suh

Jason Schandl
The Detroit Lions need to consider bringing back defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in free agency.
The Detroit Lions need to consider bringing back defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in free agency. / Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions are facing a rebuilding year in 2020 after finishing just 3-12-1 last season. This team still has some talent though, and the offense will get a boost with a healthy Matthew Stafford returning. They'll also be able to add a top-end prospect with the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. It may not be too long before Detroit is back in the playoff hunt again.

That means they can stand to bring in some veteran presences this offseason, and one great fit would be former Lions' star DT Ndamukong Suh, who is a free agent after playing out his one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

First off, defensive tackle has become an immediate position of need for Detroit with Damon Harrison seeming to have narrowed his 2020 options to retirement or playing with the Dallas Cowboys. Harrison doesn't generate much pressure as a pass rusher, but he's been one of the NFL's premier defenders against the un for years.

Suh isn't the pass rusher he once was, having failed to hit 5.0 sacks in a season since 2015, but he has still averaged 15 quarterback hits per year over those last three — more than Harrison has ever recorded in a season.

At 33 years old, Suh has also maintained a very high level of play against the run. In fact, in 2019 Suh graded out higher on run defense snaps (74.4) than Harrison (66.7) on Pro Football Focus.

Then there's the obvious connection with Suh's past. He was a first-team All-Pro in his rookie year after the Detroit Lions drafted him in 2010, and he went on to win that award in his final two years in Detroit (2013 and 2014) as well.

Suh's not likely to command an especially big contract at this stage of his career, and the Lions are also pretty flush with cap space, sitting eighth in the NFL with just over $30 million available.

Suh is a great fit at a position of need, has a storied history with the Lions and should be easy for the team to afford. A reunion makes a ton of sense at this point.

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