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Ndamukong Suh shares what his job is when facing Aaron Rodgers

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Ndamukong Suh has a long history with Aaron Rodgers, and it’s not a pretty one.

Back in 2014, Suh stepped on Rodgers during a game between the Packers and Suh’s former team, the Detroit Lions (video here). Suh was suspended for his actions and gave a lame excuse.

Then last season, Suh screamed at Rodgers after sacking him in an October game.

Suh joined Shannon Sharpe’s show “Club Shay Shay” for an interview this week and was asked about going up against the Packers quarterback. Suh’s Buccaneers faced Rodgers’ Packers twice last season and won both games.

“My job was to p-ss him off and win that game,” Suh told Sharpe. “I’m gonna always want to p-ss off Aaron and make him not want to be my friend on the football field.”

Suh says that he doesn’t discriminate and that his goal is to tick off all quarterbacks he faces.

“Without question, all quarterbacks. Even Tom, I want to p-ss Tom off during practice,” Suh told Sharpe. “That’s my job. That’s my focus.”

That’s definitely something Suh does well. He’s been irritating NFL quarterbacks since 2010. Sometimes he has even taken things much further than that, to an ugly level of physicality.

Ndamukong Suh wants to return to Bucs next season

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Ndamukong Suh is 34 and has been in the NFL for 11 seasons. Is he ready to hang it up yet? No, and he is hoping he can remain with the Bucs.

The Tampa Bay defensive lineman told SI’s Albert Breer about his plans to keep playing.

“My goal is to come back and have an opportunity to go win another championship,” Suh told Breer. “Me and Tom [Brady] spoke the other day about that opportunity, as well as with Jason Licht. I don’t know if you saw ou celebration on that podium, coach [Bruce Arians] said I’m not going anywhere, and he’s usually a man of his word. So I look forward to the opportunity to continue to play, especially for Tampa. And I honestly believe I have a lot of elite, great talent left in me to play.”

Suh even suggested that he might play as many as five more years. He says his fire to play still exists.

Suh continues to play at a high level despite his age. He had 44 tackles and six sacks in 16 regular season games and continues to be a big factor. Plus, if we’re going by Bruce Arians’ Super Bowl paradespeech, the Bucs have to bring back Suh.

Ndamukong Suh offered to help Jared Goff get settled in Detroit

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If Jared Goff needs some help moving to Detroit, he apparently can get it in a rather unexpected place.

Ndamukong Suh, who played with Goff on the Los Angeles Rams in 2018, said Monday he’d reached out to the quarterback and offered to help him settle in Detroit after Goff was traded to the Lions. Suh was drafted by the Lions and played there from 2010 through 2014.

“I think it’s an interesting trade,” Suh said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Obviously, L.A. gave up a lot of stuff. They’ve been keen to giving up a lot of first-round picks and whatnot to get what they feel is best for their team. More power to them, and like I said, I mentioned that I spoke to Jared Goff the other day and just wanted to wish him the best and let him know if he needs anything in Detroit, cause it’s a city that I love and I’ve got a lot of quality relationships there, that I’m happy to pass on to him to make sure he’s comfortable and gets a fresh start there.”

Suh is not normally a friend to quarterbacks, but he’s pretty clearly fond of Goff. The Rams team they played together on did go 13-3 and reach the Super Bowl, and that coincided with the best season of Goff’s career. In that sense, Suh has seen Goff at what is, at least for now, his best.

Goff might just take Suh up on the offer considering how happy he is to be heading to the Lions.

Ndamukong Suh will re-sign with Buccaneers on one-year deal

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Ndamukong Suh is staying in Tampa.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the veteran defensive tackle is staying with the Buccaneers on a one-year deal worth $8 million.

Suh may not be the force that he once was, but he remains a quality NFL defensive lineman. His 2.5 sacks last season were a career low, though he did score two defensive touchdowns.

There is obviously a lot of excitement about what may happen on the offensive side of the ball in Tampa next season. However, the defense was improving as the season went on, and it will be imperative to keep that momentum going into 2020. Retaining Suh should certainly help with that as the Bucs look to be playoff contenders with Tom Brady under center.

5 free agents NFL teams should avoid

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The official start to free agency is now just a few weeks off, and NFL teams are beginning to gear up for their annual spending spree.

However, for every top-end free agent capable of changing the trajectory of a team, there is a landmine sitting around the corner that could derail an organization financially. So with that in mind, here are five free agents — some of them controversial — who teams should avoid.

5. Tyler Eifert, tight end

Tyler Eifert was finally healthy in 2019 and played all 16 games, so a team should be willing to take a high-priced flyer on him now, right? Wrong. While Eifert deserves a pat on the back for appearing in all 16 games for the first time in his career, teams looking for a tight end cannot ignore the fact that he had played in just 14 games over the previous three seasons (2016-2018) and just 43 games over his first six seasons, with 15 of those coming as a rookie. Not only that, but despite being completely healthy for the first time in his career, Eifert didn’t produce. His 10.1 yards per reception was the lowest of his professional career, while his catch rate dropped to 68.3 percent. Once a potential star, Eifert has been reduced to a quality depth tight end and should be paid accordingly.

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Ndamukong Suh will not change jersey number because of Gerald McCoy

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Ndamukong Suh has worn the same jersey number since he left the Detroit Lions to sign with the Miami Dolphins back in 2015, and he is not planning to find a new one out of respect for the man he is replacing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes, Suh has decided to wear No. 93 with the Bucs, which is the same number Gerald McCoy wore there for nine seasons.

Suh wore No. 90 for the first five seasons of his career in Detroit, and there will be some people who say he should have gone back to that rather than slipping right into McCoy’s jersey. McCoy was a fan favorite during his time in Tampa and is one of the best defensive players in Bucs history, but Suh obviously doesn’t think much of the nostalgia. Given the reputation of the guy we are talking about, that shouldn’t come as a huge shock.

Ndamukong Suh reportedly agrees to one-year deal with Bucs

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a surprising decision to release star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on Monday, but it now looks like they had his replacement in mind all along.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Bucs have agreed to a one-year deal with Ndamukong Suh.

McCoy was set to make $13 million in 2019, which was an amount the Bucs were not comfortable paying. Suh made $14 million in his lone season with the Los Angeles Rams last year.

Suh is actually a year older than McCoy at age 32, and McCoy has more sacks in each of the past four seasons. McCoy was signed with Tampa through 2021 prior to being released, so the move was probably more financially motivated than anything. The immediate signing of Suh is further evidence of that.

Rams essentially rule out potential Ndamukong Suh return

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As expected, the Los Angeles Rams have essentially confirmed that Ndamukong Suh’s stay with the franchise will be a short one.

Rams general manager Les Snead admitted Tuesday that Suh’s financial demands were going to be higher than what the team would be willing to offer, and Suh is not expected to return next season.

“Based on the fact that from our budgetary constraints this year, it probably doesn’t fit in his desires,” Snead said, via ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry.

Snead added that retaining Suh was “pretty much guaranteed to be off the table.”

It was reported earlier in March that the Rams were disappointed with Suh’s contributions and weren’t going to come close to matching his contractual demands, and adding Dante Fowler for $14 million was a clear sign that the report had some truth to it. Suh looks headed for his third organization in as many years.

10 best remaining NFL free agents

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After the initial rush of NFL free agency, it turns out there are still plenty of good players available. Sure, they all have flaws, be it age, a part of their game that’s not quite as prominent as teams would like it to be, or an extensive injury history that has teams questioning whether they can stay on the field. But all of these players have had success at the NFL level and can be key contributors in the right situation if they stay healthy and find the right fit.

Here are ten NFL free agents who rank as the best still available.

10) Darqueze Dennard, CB

A slot corner turned starter for Cincinnati last season, Dennard grew into his role in the Bengals’ secondary during his time with the team. Ultimately, his financial demands forced the pair to go their separate ways this offseason. The slot corner market has been robust, and Dennard figures to play heavily into it. There are injury concerns here — Dennard has just one 16-game season to his name in his NFL career thus far — but if he can stay healthy, he’ll be a worthwhile investment for someone.

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Report: Rams expected to part ways with Ndamukong Suh

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Ndamukong Suh’s stay with the Rams may be brief.

The Rams are expected to part ways with Suh, according to a report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport said Monday that the Rams were disappointed with Suh’s performance during the regular season, which is playing a big factor in their plans.

Suh had 59 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries while not missing a game for the NFC champs. He is still a good defensive lineman, but the issue is the pay he will likely command. The 32-year-old made $14 million last season and will probably be seeking a similar amount in 2019.

According to Rapoport, Suh has interest in remaining on the West Coast, potentially with the Seahawks, 49ers or Chargers. Suh and Seattle had mutual interest last year before the lineman ended up with the Rams.

Los Angeles seemed to make a choice about their linemen when they committed $14 million to Dante Fowler.