New York Jets make the right decision regarding Ndamukong Suh

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 31: Ndamukong Suh (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 31: Ndamukong Suh (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The New York Jets make the right move by rescinding their offer to Ndamukong  Suh.

Now this was a roller coaster of a story to follow for the New York Jets. Out of the blue we hear that the team is interested in Ndamukong Suh. It turns out that he never visited with the team but was told by coach Bowles exactly how the team would use him. Then in a move none of us were expected, the Jets took back their offer to Suh. After discussions between CEO Christopher Johnson and general manager Mike Maccagnan, the decision was made to take the offer off of the table.

There was some debate about this. The Jets are looking to replace Muhammad Wilkerson and some thought Suh could be that guy. Others were thrilled when the news of the rescinded offer came out. Make no mistake about it, the Jets made the right move here. The Jets didn’t need to jump in the fray and they were right to get out of it.

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This is not to say that Suh wouldn’t help the Jets immediately. Very much to the contrary, as he would become an IMMEDIATE contributor. His mere presence would take pressure off of Leonard Williams and, more generally, cause the entire line to become better.

But first of all, he is already 31 years old. He isn’t the player he once was when he was drafted by the Lions. Gone are the days of the eight sack and the ten sack season. He’s a solid player but just isn’t quite as dominant as he once was. Effective? Yes. Feared? Somewhat. As good as in the past? Not so much.

The Jets are trying to build with youth. They are looking to put together a team that will be good for years to come, not just in 2018. Suh would have been a move that Mike Tannenbaum made for the short-term good but would have hurt the team in the long term.

Also the character issue has to be taken into account. The current regime is not looking for players with character problems. Sheldon Richardson and Brandon Marshall had problems, they both are gone. CEO Chris Johnson is getting tired of Robby Anderson with all of his behavioral problems. There is no need to go through the laundry list of headaches that Ndamukong Suh has caused through his years in the league.

He’s a dirty player when he wants to be. There is no other way to put it. The Jets don’t need somebody like that inside their locker room. That attitude just has a way of changing the tenor of what is going on inside the franchise and the Jets don’t need that type of influence.

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Or the reason that he isn’t coming could be as simplistic as it is fair. According to general manager Mike Maccagnan, the offer was for one year and had a deadline. Once the deadline passed, they discussed and decided to pull it back. There is nothing wrong with keeping consistent. You give a deadline there should be consequences for not making it. Maybe Suh was trying to use the Jets to leverage other teams for more money.

Whatever the reason, this guy doesn’t need to be in New York. Good call.