The San Diego Chargers are rumored to be making a run at the biggest prize this free agency period, the talented but sometimes troubled Ndamukong Suh.
Suh, who is set to become a free agent this week with the Detroit Lions choosing to let him walk, will be one of the biggest defensive players to enter free agency since Mario Williams. And, like Williams, Suh is expected to be getting a $100 million contract.
There have been many teams linked to Suh, including the Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and even the Detroit Lions, if Suh can return at the right price.
This weekend, the San Diego Chargers were rumored to have entered the fray, with NFL Media Insider Ian Rapaport reporting that the team is preparing to make a run at him. The Chargers don’t have as much cap space to work with as the other players, but sources say they are gearing up to make a Super Bowl run as time winds down for quarterback Philip Rivers.
“San Diego would be an interesting choice for Suh. Defensive coordinator John Pagano currently runs a 3-4 base set,” wrote NFL.com’s Kevin Patra. “He could view Suh as a movable piece, à la J.J. Watt. Suh is strong enough to hold his own on the inside, yet agile enough to shift outside when needed. Regardless of where he plays along the line, the 28-year-old would immediately upgrade a weak run defense.”
The Chargers are making other moves to shore up their defense, including keeping cornerback Brandon Flowers.
The #Chargers are making a hard push to keep CB Brandon Flowers, and indications are they’ll be able to. Deal isn’t done yet, though
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2015
Suh is seen as the most talented defensive free agent, though he has encountered a bit of trouble during his NFL career including both on- and off-the-field problems. It doesn’t seem to be hurting his stock too much, however, with several teams rumored to be ready to make big contract offers.
While the San Diego Chargers may be late entries to the Ndamukong Suh competition, many see the Miami Dolphins as frontrunners, and it may already be a done deal. Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported “high-placed source told me with confidence Suh is going to Dolphins. 2nd source said Lions only other team chasing.”
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