There is a lot currently going on in Cleveland right now when it comes to the Cleveland Browns. Since their last game of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they have traded Baker Mayfield for a fifth-round pick and traded for Deshaun Watson while giving him a $230 fully guaranteed contract. Currently, it is still unknown who will be playing quarterback for the Browns during the season. With Watson’s suspension still not being announced, it is unknown if Jacoby Birsett will be starting at quarterback for the entire season, or only a portion. It appears as if the Browns will still be in win-now mode coming into the season regardless of who their starting quarterback is.
Rumblings that the Browns have interest
There have recently been some rumblings that the Browns have interest in veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Suh is a highly decorated veteran and plays a clear position of need for the Browns. Up to this point in his career, Suh has made five pro bowl appearances, named an All-Pro three times, named the defensive rookie of the year and the rookie of the year, named to the Hall of Fame All-2010’s Team, and won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
At this point in his career, Suh would be an incredible mentor for young Browns tackles like Perrion Winfrey. Along with that, he would also add to an already scary Cleveland defensive line. Earlier in the offseason, the Browns re-signed defensive end, Jadaveon Clowney. Along with this, they used the 108th overall pick in the draft to select defensive tackle from Oklahoma, Perrion Winfrey. Winfrey was an incredible pick for the Browns and has the potential to be an immediate impact on the defensive line, especially if they can add another talented tackle like Ndamukong Suh. Having elite vets in Suh, Clowney, and Garrett, Winfrey could end up being molded into a top tackle in a few years.
Although Suh is a little over the hill, turning 35 this year, he is still playing at a very respectable level. He was a part of a Buccaneers defensive last season that finished the season ranked 7th in the NFL in sacks with a total of 47. Out of the 47 sacks that the Buccaneers had as a team last season, Suh accounted for six of them, meaning that he made 12.8% of all of Tampa Bay’s sacks last season. Although his numbers have been on a slight decline since he entered the league in 2010, Suh is still a very serviceable veteran tackle for the Browns. With Watson potentially being suspended for a good chunk of the season, it is very important that Cleveland brings in as much defensive help that they can to make life as easy as possible for Jacoby Birsett.
If Watson’s suspension ends up being on the shorter side, it is very likely Suh would sign with Cleveland on a very team friendly deal. It is unclear if this would still be the case if Watson were to be out for the year or if Suh would still even consider signing with the Browns at that point. There are still a lot of uncertainties in Cleveland for the next couple of weeks. However, as things begin to clear up and they have a better idea of how their season will look, they may begin to act on the interest they have in some veterans like Suh.