The biggest free agent on the market this offseason was former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Rather than re-sign with the Lions, Suh packed his bags for Miami and signed the richest defensive contract in NFL history with the Dolphins.
On the field, Suh is arguably the most disruptive and impactful defender in the NFL. Few players impact a game more than he does, especially when it comes to plays that aren't seen on the stat sheet.
Even with that said, Lions players aren't concerned with losing the All-Pro.
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"I think some of [those concerns] are overblown," defensive end Jason Jones said via MLive.com. "I think so. I just think with the caliber of player [Haloti] Ngata is ... I don't think he's a slouch."
Replacing Suh with Ngata is huge, as he was a five-time All-Pro with the Baltimore Ravens. He can be a huge run stuffer for the Lions, which does ease the burden of losing Suh.
"Suh didn't make the defense," DeAndre Levy said via the Detroit News. "We had a lot of guys last year playing their best football. Obviously, Suh is a very great player. He brought a lot to the table, but it's up to the guys up front to kind of embrace that challenge."
Only time will tell how much losing Suh effects the Lions' defense, but there's no denying his impact on the field. It won't be easy to replace, but with the money Detroit saved by letting him walk, it's doable.