Justin Tuck: Lions' Suh 'seems to be an Oakland Raider'
PHOENIX -- Ndamukong Suh will have no shortage of suitors when he hits free agency in March, and considering his bad-boy image, one West Coast team might be the best fit of all.
Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck said on radio row at Super Bowl XLIX today that Suh "seems to be an Oakland Raider" and that he hopes the Detroit Lions' all-pro defensive tackle joins him in silver and black.
"(He's) Raider-ish," Tuck said. "And that's one of the reasons why I know Raider Nation would applaud that move, beyond the fact that he's an awesome football player. He kind of fits the mold of ... the toughness and the ferocious player that built the Oakland Raiders."
Suh will be a free agent March 10 if he doesn't sign a long-term deal with the Lions in the coming weeks.
He's looking to become the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, and the Raiders are one of several teams who have the salary cap room and a need at the position.
Tuck, who was on radio row pitching sandwiches as one of Subway's famous fans, said Suh is worth the $100-million contract that many have speculated he'll receive this off-season.
"The thing about him, you know what you're getting every day. Some of the tactics, you could probably do without, but he's a hell of a football player," Tuck said. "I would love to have the opportunity to line up beside of him and let him take all the double teams that I normally take."
The Raiders went 3-13 last year and changed coaches this month. Tuck said he's not sure what type of defense Oakland will run next season - Suh has starred in a 4-3 alignment his entire career - but with a young nucleus that includes Khalil Mack and Derek Carr, Tuck said that Suh would be a key part of the Raiders' revival.
Suh has been fined nine times and suspended once in his five-year NFL career, he had a second suspension rescinded in December, and the Raiders, historically, have been one of the NFL's most hated teams.
"I know Raider Nation would love to have him," Tuck said. "I think Detroit would love to keep him, but hopefully, it works out for us, and I get an opportunity to play with that guy, because it would be phenomenal for what we're trying to build in Oakland."
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