The deal isn't necessarily a cheap one, coming in at $14 million. But it is one that the three-time All-Pro defensive tackle said fuels his fire to show he's worthy of signing lucrative, long-term contracts once again in the future.
"For me, how I look at it is I wanted to prove myself," Suh said at his Rams introductory news conference Friday. "And I think they want me to come in here and prove myself that I'm worthy of being here and staying here for the long stay. I think the overall goal is to focus on this particular year, which is the most important thing in front of us. And like you said, they had a very successful year last year in the regular season and I believe I can be of help to get them over some of the humps."
Both general manager Les Snead and Suh said different contracts were discussed, including "definitely longer-term" ones, Suh told NFL Network's Steve Wyche. The fact that Suh agreed to take on the one-year pact, though, signals the money in the long-term offers was not what he wanted to see.
As a defensive lineman who's used to playing on deals that netted him closer to $20 million per year rather than the $14 million he's set to play for this season, Suh clearly believes he can show the league in 2018 he's worthy of higher-dollar, longer-term guarantees in the future.
But Suh looks ready to prove he deserves it regardless.
"There was definitely longer-term conversations that we had, we just felt that it was the best fit for this particular point in time, and kind of go from there," Suh said.