Just days after adding veteran defensive tackle Linval Joseph, the Philadelphia Eagles weren’t done beefing up their infielder.
Ndamukong Suh is reportedly signing a deal with the Eagles for the remainder of the season, giving them even more defensive strength, according to the NFL Network. Suh apparently confirmed the deal was done on social media.
Despite suffering their first loss on Monday night, the Eagles were arguably the best team in the NFL this season. But if there’s a hit to their team, the defensive run stops.
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Philadelphia is the third-best team in the league in yards allowed per game (302.4), but sits 20th in the league with 124.8 yards allowed on the ground per game. The pass game, on the other hand, was tough for the opponents. The Eagles give up 177.7 yards per game through the air, the second-best mark of any team in the league.
So GM Howie Roseman, realizing that his team is a Super Bowl favorite at this point in the season, is using his resources to bring in players, veterans with playoff experience, to fill any holes in his roster. Suh has been hinting for weeks that he would want to play for the Eagles if he called.
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Eagles defensive tackle legend Fletcher Cox is questionable to play against the Indianapolis Colts this week, while rookie Jordan Davis is on injured reserve. This led to Roseman bringing Joseph and Suh aboard.
He also used the NFL trade deadline to add veteran edge rusher Robert Quinn to a group of solid defensive ends after trading to the Chicago Bears. Quinn joined Josh Sweat and Brandon Graham in the field, giving the Eagles an even scarier defensive front.
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Suh is a Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where the 35-year-old spent his previous three seasons. Suh and 34-year-old Joseph are looking for another ring in the latter stages of their careers.
Suh, a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, tallied six sacks, seven tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits and 27 combined tackles in 17 games with the Bucs last season. He is solid against the rush.
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For his career, Suh tallied 70.5 sacks and 590 tackles in 191 career games. He was the 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year and a member of the Hall of Fame All-2010s Team.