The Detroit Lions have expressed interest in re-signing Ndamukong Suh. There is some urgency to get a deal done because of Suh’s massive hit against the salary cap and to lock up the Pro Bowl defensive tackle beyond the 2014 season.
While the interest in a new deal has reportedly been mutual, it is hard to know just how motivated Suh is to get a new deal done considering he holds all the leverage in the situation. With news breaking this week that Suh fired his agent, probably to be represented by Jay-Z, it makes sense to wonder just how flexible he will be in negotiations. After all, it was Jay-Z represented Robinson Cano who spurned big money from the New York Yankees for even bigger money from the lowly Seattle Mariners. Cano is about to find out if ten years and $240 million is worth trading in the famous pinstripes for baseball obscurity.
Are the Lions trying to paint a rosy picture while the situation is actually far more ominous? Maybe, but anecdotal evidence exists that Suh really is happy in Detroit and went as far as recommending the city to new Detroit Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain.
When Chamberlain wanted to know about Detroit, however, he went right to one of the city’s most famous athletes — on the gridiron.
“One of my friends plays for the Lions, and he just talks about how it’s unbelievable,” Chamberlain said.
Who was that?
“Ndamukong Suh,” Chamberlain said, noting the Lions’ former top draft pick and University of Nebraska star.
Chamberlain said Detroit was already his first choice, but that Suh’s insight further convinced him.
Hardly sounds like a man who wants to leave Detroit. Suh is in position to remain one of the highest-paid defensive tackles in the league with a new deal, how or when it gets done is jut a matter of how hard he is willing to push.