Justin Tuck Trying to Lure Ndamukong Suh to Oakland


Dec 7, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck (91) celebrates after a sack against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Ndamukong Suh is perhaps the most prized target in recent NFL Free Agency history as the defensive tackle is likely to hit the open market with the Detroit Lions in a salary cap position that could prevent them from retaining one of the best interior defensive linemen in league history come the March 10 NFL Free Agency period.

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Suh is in his prime as one of the best defensive front talents of his era, but last spring the Raiders brought on a player with a perhaps greater reputation than the Lions defensive tackle in former New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. Tuck is in the late stages of his career, but the pass rusher with two Super Bowls to his name has made an impact in the locker room and while at the Super Bowl media row this past week did a bit of campaigning in the Detroit media by telling the Detroit Free Press that Suh would fit in automatically under the Raiders mystique.

“(He’s) Raider-ish,” Tuck said to the Free Press while also doing some promotional appearances for Subway, who he has a large endorsement deal with. “And that’s one of the reasons why I know Raider Nation would applaud that move, beyond the fact that he’s an awesome football player. He kind of fits the mold of … the toughness and the ferocious player that built the Oakland Raiders.”

Tuck, who has achieved everything there is to achieve in the NFL while with the Giants in his two Super Bowl triumphs over the New England Patriots in some of the greatest championship games of all time, now has his focus on a final act where he is apart of the restoration of the legacy of the Raiders franchise. Something that he feels would be accomplished with the acquisition of an elite player in Suh.

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“I know Raider Nation would love to have him.” “I think Detroit would love to keep him, but hopefully, it works out for us, and I get an opportunity to play with that guy, because it would be phenomenal for what we’re trying to build in Oakland.”

There are a ton of question marks surrounding Suh’s future, including the possibility of an extension to stay in Detroit, but with the most cap space in 2015 Free Agency the Raiders will be a player in the sweepstakes should he hit the open market. The question then would be if Suh would want to make Oakland his second home in his NFL career, something Tuck hopes becomes a reality.

It may be unlikely that a player who has called Detroit his team for a whole career makes the jump to a 3-13 team in 2014, but money talks and the Raiders have significant advantages in negotiations that other teams don’t have. Because of that expect Oakland to remain in the discussions of potential Suh landing spots until reports confirm otherwise or Suh stays in Detroit, speculation is all that is able to be offered until we get closer to the March 10 start of free agency and Tuck just opened plenty opportunities to speculate if the Raiders will make a move. Only time will tell if the franchise that has made plenty of big swings at free agents under the late Al Davis make their first blockbuster with Al’s son Mark Davis now running the show in Oakland, but based on Tuck’s comments the idea is at least going to be heavily entertained under that window is closed on the chance to bring in Suh.