March 3, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (10) talks with Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh prior to the game as they watch batting practice of the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves at ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ndamukong Suh Recommended Detroit to New Tigers Pitcher

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.

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  • twelsh36446

    Suh does hold the cards, but I think Detroit would balk if he gets to crazy money wise. One player doesn’t make a team, and Detroit can get by without resigning Suh. Sure the cap hit this year would be astronomical, and a few players wouldn’t get resigned. Pettigrew, and a few other free agents would have to be cut. Detroit can’t afford Pettigrew anymore, and I think the guys that would be left could be coached up. Suh is already the highest payed at his position, so a small raise and guaranteed money would probably be enough.

    • Luke

      I agree with you Suh should take a deal similar to Geno Atkins who is the highest paid DT in the NFL when he signed a 5 year 55 Million dollar deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.I think Suh should take a Similar deal if he wants 2-5 Million more so he can have the Title “Highest paid DT in the NFL” Then the Lions should give it to him 5 year 60 Million sounds fair but if Suh asks for something like 5 years 75 Million then the Lions need to let him walk after the season.If suh wants to be a Lion for the rest of his career like he has said then he wouldn’t have a problem accepting a deal between 5 years 55 Million or 5 years 60 Million We (Fans) will know if Suh is serious about staying in Detroit or not! I love Suh as a player and hope he signs a fair deal but if he wants to get overpaid then he needs to go somewhere else.