It’s anyone’s guess whether the Lions will be able sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a new contract. But one former sports agent and one of Suh’s closest friends weighed in on the contract situation and his chances of returning to Detroit next year. Perhaps fittingly, since so little has been uncomplicated during his four seasons in Detroit, the viewpoint was somewhat split on Suh’s future in Detroit. Former agent Joel Corry took the Lions’ saying they were tabling contract talks until after the season as a sign that Suh’s demands were sky high and that the two sides were too far apart to make a deal happen before the contract voids a few days after the Super Bowl in 2015. “That indicates to me that Ndamukong Suh was probably asking to be the highest-paid defensive player, and the Lions don’t want to touch that number right now,” said Corry, a contributor for CBS Sports and the National Football Post. “Otherwise, there’d probably be a deal done. That’s what it signals to me.” But how realistic would it be for Suh to get the NFL’s biggest contract for a defensive player? He would have to surpass the six-year, $96-million contract the Buffalo Bills gave defense end Mario Williams in 2012. “That’s a tall order,” Corry said, “particularly for an interior defensive lineman, because normally you’re going to pay a defensive lineman that has the potential to generate sacks. That’s what Mario Williams is being paid for. Most interior defensive linemen aren’t consistent double-digit sack guys, so it may be a little ambitions.” But Corry used the word “potential,” and retired defensive end Lawrence Jackson knows something about that. He played for the Lions in 2010-12 and became one of Suh’s closest friends on the team. Jackson played five seasons in the NFL and learned the league values larger-than life players like Suh.
Ndamukong Suh's goal to be highest paid defensive player in NFL
Detroit Free Press | Aug 4