NY Jets not good enough for Ndamukong Suh: Free-agent DT passes on signing
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets have struggled to attract free agents over the years, but the hope is that times are changing in Florham Park. The expected arrival of Aaron Rodgers, coupled with the team's young and competitive roster, has many believing that the dawn of a new era of Jets football is upon us.
Some habits die hard, though.
Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh made a recent appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, where he was asked about his plans for the 2023 season.
Eisen specifically asked Suh about a potential union with the Jets, although the 13-year NFL pro wasn't exactly enthused by the possibility. In fact, he essentially stated that he didn't want to sign there.
His reasoning? He doesn't believe the Jets are true Super Bowl contenders, and his biggest priority right now is signing with a team he believes can contend in 2023. The Jets aren't that team, at least in his mind.
"I don’t know (about joining the Jets). When Aaron Rogers and that deal transpires, do I think they will be a Super Bowl contender? No. I think Aaron Rodgers is amazing and I think he is a great quarterback. But there are a lot of things that have to transpire to become Super Bowl contenders. I don’t know where their offense is overall right now, and adding just one particular piece, it’s a little bit different."- Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh disses the NY Jets and implies he doesn't want to sign with them
The Jets are still in the market for defensive tackle help, even after signing veteran Quinton Jefferson. The team is reportedly keeping tabs on both Al Woods and A'Shawn Robinson in free agency, and Suh could have been another target on their list.
After hearing his comments, however, it's hard to believe either side would have much interest.
Jets fans might not like to hear it, but Suh is at least partially right here. Rodgers makes the Jets a competitive team, but the only way to change a reputation is by finding success on the football field.
Winning changes narratives — not offseason trades, not flashy free-agent signings, not high-potential draft picks. The only way the Jets can change their reputation as a longstanding losing organization is by winning football games.
Just look at the Buffalo Bills. The Jets' AFC East rivals were in a similar spot not too long ago. Now, they're one of the most attractive landing spots for potential free agents. They changed their narrative by winning.
The Jets appear to be on the right track. They have an exciting young core with a Hall of Fame quarterback on the way. There's no reason why the Jets shouldn't be a very competitive team in 2023.
But until that happens, until the Jet prove things are different, the narrative will be the same — and players like Suh might not seriously consider signing with them.