Suh, though, simply wasn’t able to take Miami to the heights expected upon his arrival. The times Suh truly took over a game and looked unblockable were few and far between.
Suh wasn’t even the NFL’s best defensive tackle during his Dolphins run. Aaron Donald of the Rams has proven far more disruptive in the same time span while playing on a much cheaper rookie contract.
It’s also a new general manager in Green Bay, and it stands to reason he wants to get the team a bit younger.
Nelson did struggle last season, playing in 15 games but only catching 53 passes for 482 yards and six touchdowns.
That was well south of his 2016 production, coming off an ACL injury, when he had 97 receptions for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.
It’s worth noting that Nelson’s 2017 production hinged on the health of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
In Weeks 1 through 6, before Rodgers was hurt, Nelson averaged 1.48 yards per route run.
After Rodgers went down, he averaged 0.62 yards per route run, according to Pro Football Focus.
Minnesota put itself in a position to make this move through shrewd salary-cap management that yielded $53 million in space heading into the offseason (Vikings executive Rob Brzezinski, take a bow). Almost every key player is already under contract through at least this season, and prized running back Dalvin Cook is set to return after a knee injury prematurely ended his rookie campaign.
Spielman must now hope signing Cousins won’t lead to the Vikings suffering the same fate as Captain Ahab for both the short and long term. Minnesota might be unable to re-sign standout players in the future because Cousins is consuming so much cap space. That makes the margin of error even smaller in upcoming Vikings drafts.
The Jones fracture is going to end up dictating Watkins’ long-term success, and wideouts haven’t always been able to get past their foot issues.
Julian Edelman and Julio Jones were both able to recover from a broken foot and return to their previous level of play.