4. New England Patriots
If you think Bell Belichick is off somewhere sipping pina coladas after winning this year’s Super Bowl then you haven’t been paying attention. There’s no doubt the Patriots head coach is already hard at work trying to devise a way to successfully defend the title.
In terms of on-field style, Suh isn’t a great fit for the way New England likes to play. His propensity to freelance could drive Belichick up the wall. However, the Patriots have a solid track record of bringing selfish players into the fold and teaching them how to be team players. Converting Suh into a disciplined defender could be Belichick’s greatest accomplishment.
Interestingly, the Patriots might choose to deploy Suh at both defensive tackle and defensive end. He could be converted into a rush end on passing downs if Trey Flowers leaves New England for more money elsewhere. Setting Suh free to rush the passer is the best way to eliminate any concerns about him failing to support his teammates with gap discipline.
The only reason Suh is unlikely to head to New England is that the Patriots probably won’t be up for meeting his salary demands. They are a team that will lurk in the shadows and try to swoop in if Suh doesn’t get the offers he wants early in free agency. If Suh really wants to win a ring next year, pledging his services to Belichick would be a really smart move.