Could Ndamukong Suh come back to the Detroit Lions?

He's still available and has talked to at least one team, so could Ndamukong Suh come back to the Detroit Lions?
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After he signed with the eventual NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11 last year, it's again time for Ndamukong Suh to try to sign with a team. He has done work for Sky Sports early this season. He acknowledged, in what appears to be his last appearance with them after Week 7's games, that he has spoken to a team about signing with them.

"Last week it was the Ravens that spoke to me, they seem to be interested and played great today! You never know." "We’ll see when we get back to the States, huddle up with the wife and family, get settled and keep training.”

Suh said he wants to play for a contender, and for a team that will give him significant playing time.

“Where’s the right fit? Where’s the right opportunity? Where can I go and add value? I don’t just want to sit there and watch other guys be successful,” Suh said. “Have options, that’s the key, and make decisions from there.”

Back in May, as he lingered available even then, Suh openly said he was in no hurry to sign with a team. At age-36, he was clearly already eyeing something similar to what he did when signing with the Eagles last season and essentially told all 32 NFL teams that.

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Suh was drafted by the Lions second overall in the 2010 draft. His five seasons in Detroit, with four Pro Bowl selections, three First Team All-Pro selections and a Defensive Rookie of the Year award, stand up well against the first five seasons for any interior defensive lineman in NFL history.

But Suh, surely unhappy with the situation in Detroit, signed a big contract with the Miami Dolphins in 2015. After three seasons there, he spent one season with the Los Angeles Rams and three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before last year's half-season with the Eagles. He appeared in a Super Bowl with the Rams, won a ring with the Buccaneers in 2020 and appeared in last year's Super Bowl.

Suh is not the player he was in his prime, but he did have six sacks in 2020 and 2021 while playing a lot of snaps. In terms of snap count less is surely more for him at this stage, but he also doesn't want to be a bystander on the sideline.

If Suh wants to come back to the Lions, as he surveys his options, it would make some sense and the price would be right for the Lions. But if he wants his best chance to win another ring this year, in what seems likely to be his last season, a return to Detroit falls by the wayside just enough to where it probably won't happen.

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