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Jets must sign Ndamukong Suh to make a serious statement

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If the New York Jets want to make a serious statement, they must sign free agent defensive end Ndamukong Suh to bolster their pass rush.

Adding a player such as Ndamukong Suh helps the New York Jets to easily be contenders, starting this year. The Jets defensive line is one of the top weaknesses that they must address. Everyone knows that the majority of playoff teams not only have a strong pass rush, but they have impact players on their defensive line. The Jets, at the moment, can only brag about having a solid secondary. The Jets secondary is already built but I’m absolutely certain adding Suh, makes Gang Green playoff contenders immediately.

On Wednesday, the Miami Dolphins released the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. Subsequently, Suh played three seasons in Miami and in 2017 he racked up 48 tackles, plus 4.5 sacks while forcing two fumbles.

Reports came out saying the Dolphins were looking for a culture change and furthermore, Suh was due $16.958 million in base salary this year, so the Dolphins are only clearing some cap space with his release.

While Suh had dinner with Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay on Tuesday night, reports by Ian Rapoport have stated, Suh made a very strong impression with the Rams.

Free agent DT Ndamukong Suh’s visit to the #Raiders is now off, sources tell me and @MikeSilver. He’s back home and not likely to make a decision today. The #Rams made a strong impression on him, but he’s also considering the #Saints & #Titans. Nothing done yet.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2018

Then all of a sudden, the Jets emerged as serious contenders. Suh revealed to Yahoo sports Jordan Schultz he had spoken to Jets head coach Todd Bowles who told him how they would utilize him.

Ndamukong Suh update: #Suh tells me that the #Jets have emerged as a serious contender, alongside the #Titans, #Rams and #Saints (in no particular order). While a visit to NY has yet to be facilitated, Todd Bowles/the Jets have informed Suh precisely how they envision using him.

— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 23, 2018

Boom, the Jets are now serious contenders to land the five-time Pro Bowler. Rapoport said the Jets had made the biggest offer:

The #Jets have the biggest offer, though there is no visit yet. Suh would have to take less to go to the other teams… which he may do https://t.co/Zw8lp4vv4Y

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 23, 2018

Jets star defensive end Leonard Williams could surely use some assistance on the Jets defensive line. With players that were not giving it their all, such as Muhammad Wilkerson as well as Sheldon Richardson, it would be a welcomed sight to see. Bowles is looking to beef up the defensive line and also to give Williams some relief from the double teams he’s been receiving.

Reports on Suh’s release are that they go beyond cap problems. That he is not a “team player” and that he is selfish. All things considered, that seems like a poor excuse as the Dolphins did not surround him with better defensive line players. Blame that on their poor general manager not managing money or doing enough to bring better talent to the Dolphins.

The 30-year-old Suh played three seasons with the Dolphins as his sack total dropped each year, while he was in Miami, getting double teamed each game with a poor defensive line. In fact, these are the same problems the Jets have now with their very own defensive line players.

Picture Suh lining up with Williams, who would be exactly what he needs to also elevate his game. Both players would be causing havoc, pressuring their opponents’ offensive line and getting to the quarterback with ease and precision.

Williams best year as a Jet was two years ago. In that year, Williams compiled 68 combined tackles and seven sacks. Last year, he had no help at all as he was double teamed each game as he didn’t have the right players around him to thrive. So If the Jets happen to land Suh, they automatically become serious contenders.

With the solid secondary signings the Jets made so far over the years plus adding a dominant player like Suh, the Jets defense would be a strength again. It could easily become one of the top defensive teams in the league as there’s no doubt about it.

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New York has been making a great deal of noise this offseason. Starting with the trade up in this year’s draft to land themselves a franchise quarterback, it looks like they’re serious about fielding a competitive team. The moves that general manager Mike Maccagnan has been signing are absolutely noteworthy. According to Over The Cap, the Jets will still have the most cap space in the NFL next year with $108,501,250. As of now, they have the sixth highest cap space in the league.

Money is not a problem for the Jets as Suh was originally looking for teams that were Super Bowl contenders, like the Los Angeles Rams. On the off chance that Suh decides to sign with the Jets and the players we have, Gang Green would at least be a team capable of reaching the playoffs, which again, is an opportunity to go the distance.

Disregard what’s being said about the “locker room” issues concerning Suh. The Jets are on a mission, and that mission is to make it to the Super Bowl while also at long last, landing a franchise quarterback in this year’s draft. It has been one heck of an offseason for a team that is heading in the right direction for once. The 2019 offseason will most likely also be one to remember when that should be the year that everything comes together to field one heck of a team. Fans need to have trust in Bowles and Maccagnan since they’re making all the right moves to have a brighter future.

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