Eagles add Suh to reinforce D-line after injuries

Eagles add Suh to reinforce D-line after injuries

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    Tim McManusESPN Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles continue to load up along the defensive interior.

They agreed to terms with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on a one-year deal Thursday, one day after signing fellow veteran tackle Linval Joseph.

Suh, 35, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He started all 17 regular-season games and finished with six sacks, seven tackles for loss and 13 quarterback hits.

Howie Roseman, the general manager of has responded aggressively to two injuries at the position.

Rookie standout Jordan Davis is on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain, and Marlon Tuipulotu joined him on IR on Wednesday after hurting his knee in Monday’s 31-21 loss to the Washington Commanders. The run defense has been having issues in Davis’ absence, yielding 320 yards and two touchdowns on the ground the past two weeks. Jonathan Gannon, defensive coordinator, said that it was something they have been working on. “I think it should be improved. To help our players, we need to coach it better. “

Suh, the second-overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2010 draft, has played for the Lions, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Bucs over his 12-year career, recording 70.5 sacks and 130 tackles for loss. He was named first-team All-Pro three years, was selected to five Pro Bowls, and won a Super Bowl LV title with the Bucs.

He registered 7.5 sacks in the regular and postseason combined in 2020, including two takedowns of Patrick Mahomes in the Bucs’ 31-9 Super Bowl LV victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Five of those sacks were in the fourth quarter, which demonstrates his ability to close out games.

Suh has seven postseason sacks, which is tied for third among active players. In addition to his on-field performance, Suh played an important role in the development of first-round draft pick Vita Vea, who signed a four-year contract extension worth $73 million in January.

Suh’s remarkable durability has been evident throughout his career. His 191 games since his rookie year with Detroit in 2010, after which he was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year, are the most of any defensive player in that span. He has missed only two games in his career, both in 2011, when the NFL suspended him two games for on-field conduct.

ESPN’s Jenna Laine contributed to this report.

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