There's certain players that hit the free agent market every once and a while that are worth the seemingly crazy price they'll command on the open market.
Recently, Mario Williams leaving the Texans for the Bills comes to mind. Williams will be entering his fourth season in Buffalo this fall, and appears to be getting better and better. Since leaving Houston, he's registered double-digit sacks each season for the Bills, posting a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2014.
The reason I mention Mario Williams, is because there'll be another game-changing defensive linemen that may be signing elsewhere soon. That would be Lions' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Suh's rookie deal ends a few days after the Super Bowl, and the Lions could potentially franchise or transition tag him, but let's be real, that's not likely. If they opted to go that route, they'd be looking at a hit of around $26+ million for 2015. Given what they have tied up in Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford, the odds are likely that Suh will hit the open market.
ESPN took it one step further recently and compiled the best fits for Suh. Right near the top? The Cleveland Browns. Here's what author Field Yates had to say about the Browns' fit:
2. Cleveland Browns
Much like Oakland, the Browns have an estimated $50 million-plus in cap space for next season. They also had poor defensive line play in 2014, some of which was due to injuries to key cogs (nose tackle Phil Taylor played in just five games). Suh is best cast as a 4-3 defensive tackle, but that isn't to say he couldn't play in a 3-4 defense, which Cleveland runs. Also, in a pass-friendly league, many teams spend significant snaps in sub-defense (five defensive backs or more), where Suh would be able to rush from his 3-technique alignment (outside eye of the guard). The Browns had the NFL's worst run defense in 2014 and managed just 27 sacks. The front seven needs to improve next season.
From a need standpoint, defensive line has to be right near the top for the Browns offseason plans. The run defense was abysmal last season, and the pass rush wasn't much better. Suh would obviously fill a gigantic need along the defensive line.
Clearly there's questions about Suh's on-field antics, something everyone around the league knows. Additionally, there'd be some questions how he'd fit schematically. But, with a player as talented as Ndamukong Suh you don't so much have to worry about scheme.
The Browns would have to shell out big money for a player of Suh's caliber. Given the large price tag, his on-field antics, etc., would you be in favor of Suh signing with the Browns? Or would you prefer the Browns address their defensive line needs via the draft, and save some money in the process?