Hey all. It’s been a while, but life happens and since the season was over, ending in a dumpster fire of glory, I took a hiatus. That said with the news yesterday that Ndamukong Suh, formerly of the Detroit Lions did not have a Franchise Tag placed on him to prevent him from entering free agency, well let’s just say that people were looking at him like a powerball ticket and imagining what could be.
I think the best observations about the possible expenditure revolve around the idea that the Miami Dolphins would have to overpay to get a player of Suh’s outsized talents, and they would, but so what? There is a huge amount of risk involved anytime you take on a contract of that size and most fans and media covering the team would like you to think that it’s better to spend big to keep your own draftees, but silly to spend it on other teams free agents. There is a certain amount of logic and truth to that, however when it comes to a player of Suh’s caliber logic and truth should not be part of the equation.
Suh is Peyton Manning. Manning was the last free agent that could change the course of a franchise. Suh can do the very same thing and the Dolphins might represent the best landing spot for him to do that as well. You can argue all you want about 20 yard boxes and lack of deep balls or whatever nonsensical, trite, moronic, or just plain stupid reason about how much you don’t like Ryan Tannehill’s game, but you cannot argue the consistent improvement to his game. Why does this matter? Because the Dolphins were good enough on offense last year to be a playoff team, despite the drops and terrible line play. They did their part. The defense, plagued by injury, did not.
Suh changes everything about the Dolphins defense. It instantly becomes the best defensive line in the league, which helps the smaller quick linebackers that the Dolphins employ spend less time shedding blocks and more time making tackles around the line of scrimmage, where you want them. It creates more middle pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which if you watch the Dolphins play, you know is a quarterback's worst enemy when throwing the ball, so the secondary gets a boost as well. Suh tilts the field and he does it like no other player on the defensive side of the ball in the league.
Could the Dolphins spend that money and bring in three quality free agents that address other needs? Yes. Should they? No, the Dolphins probably should not. Most of the quality free agents are the ones you want to avoid over spending on. They are older players, on their 3rd contracts, with red flags popping up everywhere; it is why they are available. Suh is in his prime and is one of the very few players in the league who has no equal at his position. That is a player you break the bank for, that is a guy who changes the course of a franchise, that is the player Miami needs to finally break through.
Ndamukong Suh is a winning powerball ticket. A huge jackpot that will fix parts of the team we cannot even fathom are broken. He is the rarest of NFL assets a singular star capable of changing not just a game but a season. It is like they say, you have to be in it to win it, the Miami Dolphins need to get in it. Now I am returning to my hiatus until the next time I get a Suh in my bonnet, or actual football is close.
This column was written by Ryan Winters. Follow him on Twitter: @WintersNFL