Well, I guess Ndamukong Suh didn’t mean it when he allegedly said he’d play for the Philadelphia Eagles for free. (Shocking!)
The former No. 2 overall pick officially signed with the Los Angeles Rams on Monday evening. That gives L.A. a pretty intimidating defensive tackle duo with him and Aaron Donald.
Add in the fact that the Rams acquired Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib at cornerback this offseason and it’s not hard to see Wade Phillips has a lot of defensive talent to work with.
The Eagles defeated the Rams in L.A. last season as Birds fans made their presence known in the crowd. Eagles fans will have an opportunity to invade the Rams’ home stadium again when the two teams play again in 2018.
And what a game it should be. The Eagles’ top-ranked offensive line going up against Donald and Suh will be just one of a number of fun battles to watch.
The Rams are hardly the only threat to the Eagles’ quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The Vikings arguably upgraded at quarterback by adding Kirk Cousins in free agency. The Packers are getting Aaron Rodgers back healthy. The Saints still have Drew Brees and a lot of good, young talent. And so on.
Philadelphia certainly has their work cut out for them. But the defending champs are ultimately the team to beat. Other squads still have to worry about going up against Doug Pederson, one of the best coaches in the NFL, and Carson Wentz, one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Not to mention a defense that led the NFL in pressures generated last year and then added Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata this offseason.
Respect all, fear none.