DT Ndamukong Suh, a potential free agent suitable for Cardinals?

We hit the NFL offseason point that earned General Manager Steve Kim a nickname for his free-signs with the late agent. Many of the Arizona Cardinals’ additions in years past came after the first wave of free agency. Dubbed “Keim Time” by some, these additions had a huge impact on the season.

The Cardinals were quiet in the first wave of free agency. Their only move came in the first round of the draft when they sent the 23rd overall pick to the Ravens in exchange for WR Marquise Brown. Other than that, they were very quiet.

One name that could make a lot of sense for the Cardinals is the defensive intervention Ndamukong Suh, who looks like he won’t be returning to Tampa Bay.

Suh is one of the top defenders of the past decade, spending time with lions, dolphins, rams, and pirates. He was a key part of the Bucs’ race in the 2020 Super Bowl and terrorized the Cardinals during his time with the Rams. During his time with the Dolphins, Suh played under the Cardinals’ current defense coordinator Vance Joseph.

At 35, Suh will likely take a one-year deal as we get closer to training camp. There are certainly concerns about his age at this point, but his contract requirements likely won’t be out of the cards’ budget.

The 2010 No. 2 overall pick has amassed a long list of awards during his playing career. He’s a 5x Pro-Bowler, 3x First-Team All Pro, 2x Second-Team All-Pro and was named to the 2010 All-Decade Team. Even with his current age, that should still be attractive to Cardinals.

The Cardinals are set on the defensive end with JJ Watt and Zach Allen, but defensive interference remains a question mark. Given the teams struggled against racing last season, bringing in a veteran player like Suh could only help.

Last season, Suh played in all 17 Bucs games and collected 6 sacks and 13 QB scores. He also had seven interventions to lose. It’s quite clear that he can still play and perhaps the best feature is his constant availability, something the Cardinal has struggled with along the defensive line.

Should the Cardinals bring Suh to the desert?

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