The Giants probably won't be in a position to make a serious run at free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh next week, but one of his former college teammates is hoping they do.
"Of course," Prince Amukamara told Newsday on Wednesday when asked if he would like to see the Giants sign Suh. "I don't know anybody who wouldn't."
Amukamara and Suh played together at Nebraska, Suh a year ahead of the cornerback. Amukamara raved about the impact Suh had on the field.
"He's one of those guys who can flat-out just play," Amukamara said. "Man, he was just one of those guys who was an unstoppable force. No one could stop him . . . His senior year, I got five interceptions. We were able to run a lot of zero blitzes, but sometimes it just looked like a zero blitz because the pressure was on the quarterback so fast that the ball had to come out quick. Any time that happens, the DBs have a field day."
There are, naturally, some concerns when it comes to signing Suh. One is financial, and the Giants would probably have to rejigger their payroll to accommodate the kind of contract Suh is reportedly looking to land.
The other is his reputation on the field. Suh was suspended for two games in 2011 after stomping on the arm of then-Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. He also was fined $100,000 in 2013 for an illegal low block on Minnesota center John Sullivan. Earlier this year he was suspended from the first round of the playoffs for stepping on the leg of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, although that suspension was appealed and reversed. Suh wound up being fined $70,000 for the Rodgers incident.
Amukamara said all of those incidents can be seen in multiple ways.
"From what I've seen on film, someone, a coach, could look at it [and say], 'Man, that's how the game is supposed to be played,' " Amukamara said. "And then someone else could look at it like 'No, this guy is dirty.' There are two sides to it. If he's on my team, I would welcome his play as long as he's not hurting the team."
And Amukamara thinks Suh would do more good than harm.
The two players are not exceptionally close, so Amukamara isn't making any recruiting calls. But they do have a friendship that goes back to their Cornhusker days.
"We still have a little brother-big brother relationship," Amukamara said.
And just maybe they'll be able to rekindle that with the Giants.
"Any time a lineman can make my job easier," Amukamara said, "I'm all for it."
Amukamara, who is recovering from a torn biceps, said he is about a month away from being at full strength and ready to participate in the Giants' offseason program that begins on April 20. He also said that the Giants have not approached him about an extension. The team exercised an option on Amukamara last year that will pay him $6.898 million in 2015, the final year of his contract.