It makes more sense than overpaying Crabtree, Gore, Peters and Jackson.
It's difficult to make that argument though when Suh is going to get 3x the salary as those guys. I am very on the fence about this. Unless there is truly a master plan (in a situation like this there better be) to alleviate the cap and not let this put the team in a stranglehold, you go for it.
I think David Hyde's argument is perfect regarding free agency: you overpay for the best player, not the best player available.
Does Suh eat up a lot of cap? Sure. But he changes the entire defense and allows you to underpay and develop your young talent. Its on the level of bringing Calvin Johnson to the offense.
Suh will require defenses to game plan around him, freeing up Wake and Vernon to return to 2013 form. Not that I want to go down this road but its like having a QB who makes everyone around them better.
The other guys I mentioned are on the market because their teams know they aren't worth big contracts. Suh is on the market because Detroit simply can't afford him. Big difference there.
It is an interesting situation to think about, I personally don't think it's the right time for us to sign Suh, but how could you not get excited if we did sign him, he's one of the leagues special players.
I don't always agree with Hyde, the NFL isn't his #1 thing, but I completely agree with his FA philosophy, overpay for the best, not just the best available, which was Ireland's MO.
I just don't think it's the right time for a multitude of reasons Jammer, because you make a signing like this to either, A) build around or B) make a SB run, and A) he's too old to build around (28) and B) not sure how close we are.
I do understand if things break right for us we could be pretty close, but I also understand that if they don't we may be several years away, it's a cloudy future and if things don't break right this contract could hurt us for many years.
A couple of reasons I don't think it's the right time;
QB, no matter what side you fall on concerning Tanne, there are problems concerning Suh in either case.
1) Tanne has great year, signs multiyear contract in the 17-18 mil per range, now you have 2 guys accounting for 30+mil per, obviously that hampers your ability to keep, never mind acquire talent when a 5th of the cap space is locked up on 2 guys.
2) Tanne has hit his ceiling and it's time to move on, now reloading, Suh will be getting old (he's 28) and we will have missed our shot and his contract will hurt our ability to keep and acquire talent.
Coaching staff, who will be the coaching staff in 2016? What changes will be made, will their be a retooling to a different O, move back to 3-4 with a different DC? Who knows, would anyone, including Mrs Philbin, be surprised if Joe was canned next year after another 8-8 season?
Now lets assume the above things go "perfect world", Tanne is great, Philbin finds himself as a HC and blossoms and hires THE perfect DC, sounds good right, a little too good perhaps, who cares, it's fun, lets go with it, lol.
Now, all these things are perfect, for this to work though, Hickey will also have to be perfect, or close to it, we will lose talent because we cant afford it, we won't be able to acquire much for same reason, so Hickey will have to knock it out of the park in the draft for 2-3 years in a row.
Drafting starters, not projects, starting with last years draft, those guys have to step up, Hickey will have to produce a lot of starting caliber players via the draft, CB's, LB's WR's and OL will be immediate needs as starters, it's a lot to ask, Hickey could be the best GM in the league for the next 3 years and still fall short.
Having said all that I would still be very excited if we signed him, he's a special talent.