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Replacing Ricky Jean-Francois: Possible Candidates for Colts

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Jan 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) prior to facing the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Sign Suh:

Still strongly believe this is more of a pipe dream than actual reality, as there remain several key hurdles to climb:

  1. Ndamukong Suh actually has to be able to hit the open market from Detroit, which remains unclear after Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew said he is “optimistic” that Suh will remain a member of the Detroit Lions long-term.
  2. There comes the serious question of whether the Colts can realistically afford Suh long-term and field a competitive football team with Andrew Luck‘s mega-extension looming.
  3. Suh is a 4-3 defensive tackle by trade, expecting him to switch to a 3-4 defensive end or even worse, a nose tackle, isn’t exactly a natural fit.

Outside of that, it’s clear that Suh is one of the best defensive players in the game and can be an incredibly dominating and disruptive force at times. If the Colts are going to shell out big bucks, they could do much worse than use it towards a true difference maker like Suh along their defensive line.