Well, here you go Colts fans. Many people have been clamoring for the team to pursue Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh if he hits the open market as a free agent next Tuesday, and according to Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin, that is expected.
Getlin, citing multiple league sources, reports that the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins are expected to make the "strongest pushes" for Suh when the legal tampering period begins this Saturday. Getlin also reported that the guaranteed money could exceed $60 million and that Suh has a "slight preference for Miami, though the Detroit Lions and Colts aren't far behind."
Getlin reports that the Dolphins are expected to make a strong push for Suh with the fact that there is no state income tax in Florida, which would allow Suh to retain more of his money. That is a selling point that neither Detroit nor Indianapolis can match - which could drive the price up even more for either of those two teams if they hope to land Suh.
We took a look a month ago at how hard it would be for the Colts to sign Suh when looking long-term, because essentially the Colts would be paying two players like top quarterbacks in Suh and Andrew Luck. This makes myself and many others hesitant for the Colts to pursue the defensive lineman - and it has nothing to do with his play, because there is little doubt that he is among the best defensive linemen in football. In his five-year career, Suh has missed just two games and has recorded 239 tackles, 36 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception, and 15 passes defensed. He is a difference maker and the best free agent available. He would be a huge addition for the Colts and a huge boost to their defense - but he is expected to get a massive contract, and there are questions about that.
We know the Colts want to be aggressive and want to improve their defense as they gear up for a potential Super Bowl run, and Suh certainly would be the biggest impact player they could add at an area of great need. And, according to Rand Getlin, it sounds like they're expected to make a very strong push to bring the defensive lineman to Indianapolis.