According to Ian Rapoport, the San Francisco 49ers were among the teams that strongly pursued defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who just signed a one-year deal worth $8 million with Tampa Bay. With the 49ers in need of a starting-caliber defensive tackle now that DeForest Buckner is a Colt, a veteran like Suh would have been a great fit. Suh is still a top-notch run defender, and, honestly, anything Suh would have given the 49ers as a pass rusher would have been icing on the cake.
When you get to obvious passing downs, San Francisco’s defense will continue to play at a high level. The trio of Arik Armstead, Nick Bosa, and Dee Ford are as deadly as any three pass rushers in the league. Whether the fourth pass rusher is D.J. Jones, Solomon Thomas, or Ronald Blair, you are simply asking them to hold their own.
As for Suh, getting a veteran to replace Buckner is critical as defensive tackle is a tough position to transition to in the NFL. You’re no longer going against redshirt sophomores. Suh would have been one of the best replacements for Buckner, and that’s why we listed him as one last week. I’d be interested to see the guarantees in Suh’s contract. The 49ers’ likely offered him in that range, but with a heavily incentivized contract. From the list of possible defensive tackle replacements, Shelby Harris and Tim Jernigan are both available.
Would you have signed Suh at that price?