Chargers Nose Tackle (The Suh Effect)
By James Fedewa – 3/6/2015 (@JAMFED)
Free agency is starting to launch and NFL teams are scrambling to resign their own players before they officially become Free Agents. Rumors and front-runner gossip are beginning to swirl too, as in “where will Ndamukong Suh go” and “who’s going to get Vince Wilfork…”
Vince Wilfork is intriguing (& colossal) free agent, that can be a great addition to the San Diego Chargers. San Diego currently needs help at the nose tackle position and last season, many fans were begging for Wilfork to play nose tackle for San Diego’s 3-4 defense, until he was re-signed in New England.
Wilfork will turn 34 this year and he could retire, but he wants to play and his leadership (with Championship experience) will make him valuable to any team. If he did come to San Diego, the team would be lucky to have him, but it may cost them a two year, $12 million contact.
Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh is the premier NFL free agent this year. Chargers fans would simply faint in disbelief if a free agent of Suh’s caliber came to San Diego, as the Chargers do not exactly shop for top-tier free agents. In reality, SD would probably not be able to sign Suh, but where will he go?
Miami is the current front-runner in landing Suh. The Dolphins currently have defensive tackles Randy Stark and Earl Mitchel under contract (with free agent Jared Ordrick in possible extension talks). Starks can be cut and the Fins could save $5 million in salary cap relief. Mitchel was pursued by the Chargers last offseason and could be traded, as he does have 3 years left on his contract (at a reasonable rate).
Could the San Diego Chargers possibly pursue Mitchel or Starks (if Suh signs in Miami)? Or is Wilfork the latest target in San Diego? Current Chargers NT Ryan Carrethers has a year of experience and might be able to make a leap into stardom.
…Jared Odrick might be nice fit in San Diego too (at DE, still a position of need in SD)