Fan previews Ndamukong Suh in Rams uniform

Ruben Hill
March 27, 2018

Suh, an imposing defensive tackle whose no-nonsense style of play once saw him branded the "dirtiest player in the NFL" joins the Rams on a one-year contract, the team said. Suh performed well during his three seasons in South Florida, compiling 15½ sacks while playing in all 48 regular-season games.

Suh, 31, has frequently landed in disciplinary trouble during his eight seasons in the National Football League, which also included a five-year stint with the Detroit Lions.

Rams defensive co-ordinator Wade Phillips now has Suh, Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers on the front line of an already stout 3-4 defense.

Under Phillips, Suh is expected to play nose tackle in 3-4 base sets. At 31 years old, the one-year pact is an opportunity to rehab his value, although Suh will once again draw interest on the open mark next year. He is also much less likely to face double teams as a pass rusher while lining up with Donald in a partnership that will stretch most opponents' blocking abilities to the limit. He was scheduled to sit down with the Oakland Raiders the following day, but cancelled his visit.

Since he was cut by the Miami Dolphins earlier this month, Suh visited the New Orleans Saints and the Tennessee Titans and had an offer rescinded from the New York Jets, before signing with the Rams.

The Rams will also be wary of Suh's disciplinary record.

But the team managed only 22 wins, and Suh was released in the middle of March as part of what was deemed a culture change by the Dolphins. With Suh's arrival on a lucrative one-year deal, the Rams have signaled their determination to compete for the Super Bowl immediately.

Suh was chosen by the Detroit Lions with the second pick in the 2010 draft and selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

However, he has only missed two games in his eight seasons as a pro, after in 2011 he was penalized for roughing up Evan Dietrich-Smith, then playing for the Green Bay Packers. McVay's first Rams team had no significant issues in the locker room, with the young head coach and his veteran defensive coordinator presiding over a roster with solid chemistry. Talib and Peters also have been involved in their own scuffles with opponents or their own teammates and coaches.

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