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Raiders should pursue Ndamukong Suh as he does quarterbacks

FILE - This is a Jan. 4, 2015, file photo showing Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh smiling as he walks across the field during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.
FILE - This is a Jan. 4, 2015, file photo showing Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh smiling as he walks across the field during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. AP

Raiders should pursue Suh as he does QBs

This, that and the other thing:

▪ It’s simple math.

Ndamukong Suh, one of the NFL’s most dominant defensive tackles and soon one of most valuable free agents in recent history, will be in the market for the biggest contract a player of his skills demands.

The Raiders, who haven’t won more than four games since 2011 and haven’t had a winning season since 2002, will have enough money (approximately $60 million) under the salary cap to make Suh’s – and desperate-for-glory Raiders fans’ – dreams come true.

Early reports indicate that Jacksonville and the New York Jets are the other teams that have enough money to attract and sign Suh.

But what team would better fit Suh’s nasty on-field demeanor than the Silver and Black? His aggressive and ill-tempered persona, which leads to one-game suspensions here and there, can do a lot for a defense that already has defensive end Justin Tuck and up-and-coming linebackers Khalil Mack and Sio Moore.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie should pursue Suh in the same aggressive manner the four-time Pro Bowl player and three-time first-team All-Pro tackle hunts down quarterbacks.

▪ The 49ers won the sweepstakes late Monday night – or Tuesday afternoon in Australia – for rugby star Jarryd Hayne. The 49ers hope the 27-year-old rookie will make an impact as a return man on special teams as well as a coverage specialist.

After knocking heads for so long in shorts and a rugby shirt, imagine his enthusiasm for contact protected by pads and a helmet.

▪ Not sure about you, but watching UFC champ Ronda Rousey charge across the octagon and beat challenger Cat Zingano with her signature armbar in 14 seconds isn’t as entertaining as watching 19-year-old Mike Tyson back in the 1980s beat grown men in less time.

▪ With the Kings playing three of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference on an eight-game trip that begins on Tuesday against the Knicks, a 4-4 record is not unrealistic.

Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


What to watch

NBA, Kings at New York Knicks, 4 p.m., CSNCA: This is a makeup for a Jan. 26 game postponed because of snow.


On this date

2001: John Ruiz becomes the first Hispanic heavyweight champion by defeating Evander Holyfield for the World Boxing Association title.

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