Eagles Finalize Signing Veteran DT Ndamukong Suh

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The Philadelphia Eagles had their undefeated record broken on Monday Night Football by the Washington Commanders. Their NFC East rivals put together a strong game plan and were able to execute it flawlessly, leading to an upset win.

The Eagles’ biggest weakness against the Commanders was their inability to stop the run and get off the field. Washington dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for over 40 minutes of game time as they ran the ball 49 times. The Eagles only ran 50 offensive plays overall to show how lopsided of an affair this was.

The leaky run defense is something that has popped up throughout the season for the Eagles. Whenever first-round pick Jordan Davis was off the field teams found success running the ball against them. With Davis suffering a high ankle sprain against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 30th, the floodgates have opened on the ground.

Before Washington rumbled for 152 yards, the Houston Texans piled up 168 yards on the ground in Week 9 on Thursday Night Football. That is now five games in a row that the Eagles have surrendered at least 124 rushing yards, so they dipped into free agency looking to shore things up.

Linval Joseph was signed on Wednesday to help fill the gap left by Davis’ absence. Joseph started 14 games for the Los Angeles Chargers last season, recording 57 total tackles, three for a loss, with a sack and two quarterback hits.

A space-eating defensive tackle is just what the Eagles need and Joseph will provide them with that. However, the Eagles are not done reshaping their defensive line. According to Jordan Asri Football on Twitter, Philadelphia is closing in on a deal with Ndamukong Suh as well.

Suh confirmed that he is joining the Eagles with a tweet himself.

Suh would be an excellent addition to the front seven for the Eagles should they be able to get a deal done. At one point he was the best defensive tackle in the NFL and while he may have lost a step now that he is 35, he remains a productive player.

Suh put together back-to-back 6.0 sack seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the last two seasons and remains a playmaker in the middle of a defensive line. More importantly, you can count on him to be out there every week.

Suh has only missed two games in his career and it was not because of an injury. Suh was suspended for two games by the league in the 2011 season after stomping on the leg of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during a Thanksgiving matchup. Other than that, Suh has never missed a game during his NFL career.