Ndamukong Suh meets with Saints on Friday, Saturday.
Ndamukong Suh’s interest in the New Orleans Saints continues into the weekend.
On Friday, the veteran free agent defensive tackle visited with representatives from the team for dinner, and on Saturday, he and Saints officials toured the team’s facilities as both look to see if they are the right fit for one another, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports.
This is not the first time the Saints and Suh have been connected. Amidst a flurry of free agent speculation since the league year began, the two were connected in a report on Thursday that indicated interest from the team.
Suh was released by the Miami Dolphins at the start of the league year as part of a score of roster moves most experts contend is the result of a so-called “culture change” in that organization. The 31-year-old Suh never played up to the expectations that followed the six-year, $114.4 million contract he signed with the Miami Dolphins three seasons ago. He qualified for one Pro Bowl and did not have more than six sacks in a season.
Suh has never won a playoff game in his career and with him in the starting rotation in the 2017 season, the Dolphins’ defense ranked fourth-worst in football against the rush and 26th in sacks recorded. He had 48 tackles and 4.5 sacks for Miami (6-10) in 2017. In his career, Suh has 51.5 sacks and 496 tackles.
The Saints have already made their defensive rotation a major focus of attention during their active offseason. The team has signed a trio of veterans, all of whom are expected to assume starting positions in 2018: safety Kurt Coleman, cornerback Patrick Robinson, and linebacker Demario Davis.
Free agent defensive end Alex Okafor also signed a two-year contract with the team after he took a visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and will look to improve upon his first year with the club that signed him as a free agent last offseason.
New Orleans also hosted Muhammad Wilkerson for a free agent visit in an effort to bolster their front unit that notably lost Nick Fairley’s presence on the inside after he was revealed to have a heart condition prior to the 2017 season. Sheldon Richardson, Star Lotulelei, and Dontari Poe were other potential considerations.