Jan 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) prior to facing the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Ndamukong Suh is arguably the biggest free agent due to hit the market and test his worth. The Bengals have a number of issues they need to address and pass rushing is one of those issues. So it would seem like a match made for stripes, right? Wrong!
Suh is a great player with an attitude problem both on and off of the field. Just last year, a report came out by NBC Sports Michael David Smith that Suh was an issue in the locker room, according to NFL Network’s Heath Evans. Evans told a Detroit radio station that:
"“The bottom line is he would just do things, whether it was showing up for a meeting late, or little different antics to kind of let the team know … it was more or less Suh just trying to show his dominance, his power.”"
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Suh has also had many issues on the field from the double step he did on Aaron Rodgers‘ leg this season to an unnecessary roughness penalty that cost him $100,000 at the beginning of the 2013 season. He brings a lot of baggage wherever he goes and the Bengals can not afford distractions at this point, especially as they look to overcome an injury-plagued 2014.
Money would also be an issue. Josh Katzenstien of The Detroit News said that some players are in agreement that Suh deserves a contract worth over $100 million, something the Bengals are not in a position to afford, especially if they plan to re-sign A.J. Green.
Don’t get me wrong, when Suh behaves himself, he is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL and deserves a nice contract from the right team. As for the Bengals, he is just too much risk at too much money for them to afford, but at this point in the off-season, it is still ok to dream!