Ndamukong Suh suggests he could have been drafted elsewhere


Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since his return to Detroit for offseason work, but he left them with more questions than answers.

He didn’t offer much in the way of updates on his contract situation, though he added this was the last time he’d talk about it, but then left the podium after dropping what might have been a bombshell (but might have just been him jabbering).

“Probably a lot of you guys don’t know, I could have gone elsewhere when I was drafted,” Suh said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press“Had that decision in my hands. I chose not to take it because that’s just the way I saw it.”

Asked how he could have gone somewhere else, Suh replied: “There’s many ways to do things. You can drop down in the draft, you can move up.”

When it was mentioned that that wasn’t necessarily his choice, he said: “It is my choice. It is for sure, my choice. But like I said, that’s water under the bridge. 

“I’m here in Detroit, I’m happy to be here in Detroit.”

He was asked for more clarification, but apparently walked off without answering how he might have steered this process.

His contract situation might not be progressing the way he hoped, but trying to rewrite history and pull a post-facto Eli seems like a stretch, unless it’s his way of telling the Lions he wants out. But he said he didn’t, so who knows really what he was getting at?

102 responses to “Ndamukong Suh suggests he could have been drafted elsewhere

  1. Tough enough rooting for the Skins and Jags but can you imagine being a Lions fan? At least I can hang my hat on 3 super bowls and a couple of AFC championship games. What does Detroit have record amount of 1st round bust?

  2. He’s not even a top 10 DT in the league and I heard he’s lazy and even stomped a guys face into a bloody pulp! I totally wouldn’t want him on my team!

  3. I thought teams drafted players, I didn’t know the players drafted the teams.

    Now I understand why teams never win the Super Bowl.

    Like what the hell is he trying to say?

  4. Did he realise he said something incredibly stupid so to avoid doing it again he ran away?

  5. Well, at least it’s good to see he cleared up all the hulaballoo over the lack of attendance at off-season workouts.

  6. The only place that he could’ve moved up to in the draft is to the Rams @ #1 overall. I doubt that though, because St Louis needed a quarterback at that time and drafted Sam Bradford.

  7. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it…

  8. Beat reporters are just getting on his nerves, they’re much more critical of him than the fans are. Glad he actually said he’s happy to be in Detroit tho.

  9. Team has talent but with ‘leaders’ like this delusional kid talent leads to regular seasons.

  10. As a Redskins fan, I deeply resent the remark that Suh is Haynesworth 2.0 lol.

    Haynesworth’s uselessness as a football player is unmatched.

    Suh is a minor disappointment in comparison.

  11. why is this so outlandish? teams meet with players before the draft. couldn’t a player could buttfumble or otherwise express disinterest in a team at that meeting?

  12. He was probably asked in pre-draft interviews if he would like to be a Detroit Lion and it sounds like he wishes he had said “no” right up front. He’ll be gone soon anyways. He’d be happier back in the hicks with GB.

  13. Unrequited love Detroit fans. We know you love him, but someone who loves you back wouldn’t say that. The translation is…Be happy I’m here and shut up.

  14. The reporters are morons if they keep asking how. As I agree it wasn’t smart for him to say that, he is right. In today’s nfl with the money thrown into these contracts if he doesn’t want to play/get drafted somewhere his agent could make it so and with relative ease. Would you draft a guy that high if he was gonna be a problem from minute 1? Exception bengals….

  15. The guy is obviously happy being on a terrible team as long as he’s getting paid big dollars.

  16. Wow… barely into OTAs and it is very clear that Caldwell has his hands more than full. For his sake I hope he’s up to it but as a Bears fan I’m loving it that all indications point to the same self-imploding Lions for another season.

  17. I’m 100% on board if Suh chooses not to be at Voluntary camp. Suh isn’t here for fan and media appeasement. Media is orchestrated a witch hunt to run Suh out of Detroit and everyone is buying into it. Not me. I’m sure the vast majority will do a 180 when Suh blows opposing QB’s this season. Let’s not be blindsided that he’s playing a lucrative contract. See everyone else on the Suh bandwagon in September…or January!

  18. This guy’s attitude is one of several things that will keep him from being a great player. He went #2 overall, yet has been outplayed significantly by the #120 pick in the draft Geno Atkins. Geno already got his big pay day, because he doesn’t do stupid things off the field and dominates on it. Gerald McCoy is arguably more valuable than Suh at this point too. If he would just shut up and play (and stay out of the car after drinking) he could be a great.

  19. Glad the bucs got McCoy he’s a better player and a class act. I think the lions would have chose McCoy if they could do it all over again.

  20. I honestly don’t think he will re sign back in Detroit. If he walks at end of the season I simply am not gonna lose my sleep over it. His 22.5 mil cap number will come off the books and the salary cap per each time will also increase about 10 million next year. Those two alone will give lions about 32 million in cap. Last year lions got quin, bush and jones for 9.5 mil in cap. So with my case I’m willing to let suh walk and allow us to regain his cap number in order to sign up to 5 contributors that will make an immediate impact and not have to worry about one players ridiculous contract pre CBA changes and actually make the lions a legitimate contender.

  21. Mr. Suh, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  22. Reporters: “Do you want to be in Detroit?”

    Suh: “Of course. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be here. I want to lead them to a championship”

    Fans: “See! He’s a nutcase! He’s a jerk! He hates Detroit! He wants out! He is a plague to the team!”

  23. Ryan Leaf 2.0. Didn’t he “affect” his draft stock, too? The Lions did get a little more out of this head case. Gerald McCoy will be his Peyton Manning.

  24. Smart of him to steer clear of Green Bay. Who wants to hear clown music during practice?

  25. I think what he’s eluding to is the fact that he could have purposely got in some trouble pre-draft to cause his draft status to plummet, going to a playoff contender. Obviously, his agent would have had to have talks with certain teams to inform them of Suh’s intentions. Would he have lost out on millions? Sure. But, he would have been on a team he wanted to be on. He would have gotten a new contract after his rookie deal anyway.

    This just makes it crystal clear that he doesn’t like being a Lion but can’t outright say that, risking alienating his teammates and coaches. Fans? Somehow, I doubt he gives a flying foot about the fans.

  26. What a show of respect to his team and new coach. He’s trying to shoot his way out of town. I agree, once someone pays him his 2nd contract, it’s Haynesworth 2.0.

  27. What a Crybitch,He’s already the highest paid Defensive Tackle and he’s not even the Best DT that was taken that year.

    He can’t even hold Geno Atkins Jock Strap.

  28. Suh could be GREAT, if he’d shut up and just play. Also, he’s gotta make smarter decisions on the field. I love his aggressiveness and the ferocious vigor he plays with, but there’s no place in the league for some of the stunts he’s pulled, e.g., blatantly stomping on other players.

  29. He could have very easily influenced the draft with his mind powers…

    “This is not the DT you are looking for….”

    He studied under Yoda….”sane, you are not”.

  30. Yet another example of an athlete with million dollar talent and a ten-cent head.

    Just play. I’m sure you will be fairly compensated. Why all the pouting and posturing?

  31. Let me know how alienating the fan base works for you Donkey. How many teams win a superbowl because of the DT? ZERO. He is replaceable. While he is a great player at his position, he is not essential. He will never again get paid what he did on his first contract.

    Detroit is one of the most exciting and up and coming teams in the NFL, if he’s not happy there, he shan’t be happy anywhere. He’s doing a great job at lowering his trade value and his future contract value. If that is what he’s trying to do, then congrats.

  32. Everyone who’s not a Lions fan is jealous, or doesn’t know crap about football. All the supposed Lions fans talking trash, you’ll be screaming, why did we let him go when he’s killing Staffy. Suh gets double teamed (sometimes triple)almost every play, and still plays almost every down. Geno was hurt all year, and Gerald McCoy also publicly stated he would never switch positions for a new player, and no one blew that up. Just wait. justin smith is over the last three years the best pass rushing DT. Not Suh, McCoy, or Atkins. Just saying. Suh gets all the attention of the opposition. I’m not sure any other DT does.He can say and act however, just keep eating QBs on Sunday, Monday, and Thusday. GO LIONS!!!!

  33. Well there is what he could have been..where he could have gone… Then theres what he is ..and where he is. And the answer is…unimportant and nowhere.

  34. So if you read this article without all the undue speculation, he said he chose Detroit and he wants to be there. He could have told the Lions that he didn’t want to play for them and they could have traded their pick. I don’t see the problem.

  35. Could be a vague way of saying other teams expressed interest in moving up to the #2 spot to grab him and he told them to save their picks because he wanted to be in Detroit. He may not be the brightest crayon in the box, but it is possible he’s expressing his frustration for Detroit not showing him the same kind of desire to keep him in Detroit as Suh once showed in wanting to be a Lion.

  36. If it’s water under the bridge then why even bring it up? What is the point of saying that other than to stir up drama? This Suh character is a real piece of work.

  37. weird…. the full quote doesn’t seem to fit PFTs narrative

    “I came here for a reason. I had an opportunity — probably a lot of you guys don’t know — I could have gone elsewhere when I was drafted. I had that decision in my hands and I chose not to take it because that’s just the way that I saw it. Same thing when I went to Nebraska. I wanted to be a part of something that wasn’t already set up — on its way to getting better.”

    “I want to be one of the cornerstones of it, so that’s what I see myself here in Detroit. Being one of the cornerstones that gets this organization back to a championship level. Like coach Caldwell said, we’re not in a rebuilding year. We’re in a year of going to get a championship and that’s why I want to be here.”

  38. all I know is if the lions want to tag him next year it will cost them 28 million to do so….so in other words this guy is going to get a 6 year deal for around 70 -75 million next year.

  39. ^^^^^Jealous of the Lions? LOL 0-16 only a few seasons ago and still no Lombardi? Yeah, we’re really jealous of those accomplishments.

  40. I’ve long maintained that Suh was the 21st century Mean Joe Greene who also racked up a lot of unsportsmanlike penalties (back when you had to work to get one of those!) and had anger issues. But at this point in Greene’s career, he had turned the corner and was becoming great and a professional. Time may be running out on Suh from getting that second part of the equation.

  41. So we’ve now had plenty of time to judge the Suh-McCoy debate. Gerald McCoy is a better player/teammate/employee/representative to the NFL than Suh. Tampa won that one for sure.

  42. He could have chosen not to come to Detroit just like Deion Sanders did. Deion told the Lions if they were to draft him, he would ask for so much money they wouldn’t be able to afford the rest of the team. Not making that up, Deion wrote about it in one of his books. That is why we ended up drafting Barry Sanders instead. Thank you Deion!

  43. We care
    Too much what athletes say! Most of these guys are far from being bright n articulate human beings. I don’t care what Suh says but I do care what he does on the football field cus he’s a terrific players but that’s it…

  44. They wouldn’t put up with that ish here in Pittsburgh. They’d tell him to go somewhere else, and he wouldn’t have to ask again we’d pack his bags for him. Bad attitude and a dirty player..

  45. The decision to sign a contract is ultimately the player’s not the organization’s. It doesn’t matter where you get picked in the draft, it’s YOUR choice to sign, or not to sign that first contract.

  46. Get rid of him and get someone who will NOT be such a distraction off of the field ( Speeding, speeding and speeding/evading). He is also a distraction on the field with his STUPID penalties. We could get a few good trades for him!

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