Vikings reportedly in the running to sign former first-round pick

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Ndamukong Suh
(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Ndamukong Suh /

All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is a free agent still and the Minnesota Vikings are apparently a team he could end up with this year.

With only a few weeks left until they return for training camp, this year’s roster is pretty much set for the Minnesota Vikings. However, they could be adding some more experience to their defensive line in the near future in the form of All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

At 35-years-old, Suh is currently a free agent, and it seems like he wants to continue playing in the NFL for at least one more season. The Las Vegas Raiders have reportedly had multiple conversations with the free-agent defensive tackle this year and so have the Vikings according to USA Today’s Tyler Dragon on Tuesday.

Dragon also labeled Minnesota as a “team to keep an eye on” when it comes to signing Suh this offseason.

What could All-Pro DT Ndamukong Suh add to the Minnesota Vikings?

Suh was the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, and for the first decade of his career in the league, he lived up to the high expectations that came with being a top-five draft selection.

From 2010 to 2016, Suh was voted to five Pro Bowls and he earned three First-Team All-Pro selections. Since then, he’s played a significant role on the defensive side of the ball for several teams including the Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Suh’s performance on the field has definitely taken a few steps backward in the last two seasons, but he can still provide some quality depth to the interior defensive line of a team in need.

Minnesota currently has Harrison Phillips and Dalvin Tomlinson locked in as two of their three starting defensive linemen. Armon Watts has been assumed by most to be the third starter on the Vikings’ defensive line, but Suh could provide the team with another option if needed.

Even if Watts still remains a starter, Suh could still be a valuable part of Minnesota’s defense as a reserve. He could help fill in for players when they get hurt or when they need a breather during the middle of a game.

Suh does also have a connection to the state of Minnesota since his wife, Katya, attended Park High School in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Perhaps the veteran defensive lineman’s spouse can convince him to suit up in purple and gold next season?

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