Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
Ian Rapoport, an NFL analyst for NFL.com, has reportedly announced that free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, has canceled his visit with the Oakland Raiders. Suh initially planned the visit on Tuesday, just prior to meeting with the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams invited Suh to the Rams Headquarters in Agoura Hills, California and the Rams Training Facility at Cal Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, California. He was met with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Bill Johnson defensive line coach, and Rams strength coach Ted Rath. Rath and Suh had a good relationship when the two previously worked together as Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins.
Suh was shown game film of his past play and defensive schemes of the Rams where they would love to play him on the side of Aaron Donald, the reigning 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Suh, primarily playing in a 4-3 scheme his career would play the three-technique in a three-four scheme. However, that's where Donald play, and they probably would have him slide down to the nose tackle along the side of Michael Brockers.
Rams General Manager Les Snead, Head Coach Sean McVay, and Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President Kevin Demoff, all met up with Suh later that evening for dinner. It was expected that Coach McVay had the way of winning over players and was the ace in the deck to have Suh convinced to become a Ram. It was noted that Suh was very impressed with what the Rams had to offer as a player and perhaps having the most dominant defensive front tandem with him and Donald. But, what stands as the question now, what is his price? Rams can possible give him a two-year $10 million with incentives, but can’t afford to go higher than those numbers.
Suh’s decision has dwindled down to the choices of the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans, and the Los Angles Rams. He will have to decide which organization will be a better fit for him to sign as a free agent. New Orleans may be that place that could potentially reel him with their southern hospitality, great food, and the Mercedes-Benz Dome. But don’t count out Los Angeles, the “City of Angels”, the bright sun, beaches and bikini’s, Hollywood and movie stars, and lastly, a great organization that has a young smart innovative head coach that has a winning attitude and positive image.
In 2013, the then St. Louis Rams were faced with a similar situation with another former Miami Dolphins player. Snead and Rams former head coach Jeff Fisher brought in offensive tackle Jack Long twice in for visits. Long departed St. Louis without signing a contract and needed to return to Miami to make his decision. Just some 48 hours later, he would announce that he was signing with the Rams.
Suh is not expected to make a decision today, as he has flown back home to Portland, Oregon, to mull his decisions on where he will be playing next. If its any consolation to the Rams fan, perhaps Suh, will have an answer by Friday and repeat the process Long decided some five years ago.