The Jets are on the prowl for one of the biggest remaining free agents — figuratively and literally — in the NFL.
The team is very interested in signing free agent defensive end Ndamukong Suh, a source confirmed. Suh is the 6-foot-4, 307-pound defensive line force who has been first-team All-Pro three times and made five Pro Bowls.
Yahoo Sports reported Friday that Suh said the Jets have emerged as a serious contender. Yahoo also reported the Jets have made the biggest offer to Suh. He has yet to visit the Jets, but coach Todd Bowles has told Suh how he envisions using him, according to the report.
“We try to stay away from him a lot,” Bowles said last season. “You have to put two bodies on him just to try and slow him down a little bit. I don’t think anybody ever stops him.”
The Dolphins parted ways with Suh last week. He spent three years in Miami after signing a six-year, $114 million contract with the team in 2015. He spent his first five seasons with the Lions, who selected him No. 2 overall in 2010.
While Suh’s ability on the field is indisputable, he does come with some baggage. He has a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in football and had seven penalties last year with the Dolphins.
There are also questions about Suh’s attitude. He has not always been seen as a team guy. The Jets were very proud of their chemistry last season. Despite winning just five games, they felt like they were building something with a good, young core. Suh would not fit that mold.
It will also be interesting to see what kind of contract Suh commands. The Jets still have more than $30 million in salary cap space, so they can afford him. It might just be a question of how long they want to commit to him and what kind of structure the contract would have.
Nevertheless, Hoskins concedes, Kapler’s style is a departure from the norm and might require some adjustments from both sides. Kapler’s natural tendency is to text or tell players in advance if they won’t be playing. Some players prefer that approach, and others don’t. Kapler is still trying to sort out who falls into which camp.
“He’s recently out of the game,” Hoskins said. “He played over 10 years, and he knows how things operate. From what he’s told us, he’s been around great clubhouses and not-so-great clubhouses, so he has a pretty good idea of what’s worked in the past and what hasn’t. You’re seeing his different style a little bit, and I don’t think that’s bad at all. It’s great. I think he’s just trying to take things in the past that have worked and put his flavor to it.”