Ndamukong Suh Says Rams Were Best Fit for Him in Search for New Team

Ndamukong Suh, a five-time Pro Bowl player, is excited about joining a Rams team that won the NFC West last season and, after several notable offseason moves, is regarded as a Super Bowl contender, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

“I would say we’re in pretty good shape on paper,” Suh said, “but we have a lot of things to prove, including myself.

“I always play with a chip on my shoulder. And that’s really kind of my focus, is to come in here and put in a lot of work and make sure that I prove my worth and kind of go from there.”

Suh, 31, joins a defense that includes tackle Aaron Donald — the reigning NFL defensive player of the year — and recently acquired Pro Bowl cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, among others.

Suh, who grew up in Portland, Ore., visited the Rams, the New Orleans Saints and the Tennessee Titans during a free-agent tour. He reportedly received overtures from the Seattle Seahawks and an offer from the New York Jets that was rescinded.

But the opportunity to be close to his family, to play under Phillips and McVay, and to be reunited with strength and conditioning coach Ted Rath — a former member of staffs in Detroit and Miami — tilted him toward the Rams, Suh said.

“I don’t think any decision of this magnitude is easy,” he said. “There’s a lot of other great teams that I had offers from and had an opportunity to join but I think this was the best fit for me.”


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