LaVar Arrington: Green Bay is best team for Lions' Ndamukong Suh
NFL Network analyst LaVar Arrington said on Thursday that the Green Bay Packers are the team best suited for Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, according to Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press.
Suh's rookie contract expired earlier this month, and the fifth-year player will become an unrestricted free agent on March 10.
Suh, a Pro Bowler, wants a contract that will exceed the six-year, $100 million deal J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans signed in September last year, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Arrington said Thursday morning that Suh, ranked the No. 1 free agent by NFL.com, could be the missing piece for Green Bay's defensive line.
"A lot of times, players that leave their team feel disrespected...and they stay in the division," Arrington said. [Green Bay is] going to get B.J. Raji back, so now you're looking at B.J. Raji and Ndamukong Suh, and then you got those guys on the outside...Julius Peppers [and] Clay Matthews..."
"You shore up the center of the defensive front, and that might have been one of the pieces that they were truly missing on that team this past season."
Suh, 28, has recorded 238 tackles, 36 sacks and one interception in five seasons in Detroit. Last season he had 53 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
The Lions finished the regular season 11-5 and second in the NFC North, going 1-1 against the Packers. Detroit lost 24-20 to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card game.
Green Bay, which finished the year 12-4 and in first place in the NFC North, beat the Cowboys 26-21 in the NFC Divisional round before falling 28-22 to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game.