Ndamukong Suh says agent will pick his next team

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Lions defensive tackle obviously trusts his agent Jimmy Sexton.

Not only is Suh going to let him negotiate a giant contract when he hits free agency, but he’s also going to let him choose with which team

It’ll be Jimmy’s decision, so we’ll go with that,” Suh said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “You can call Jimmy if you want to.”

Asked if that meant the agent would pick his next team, Suh replied: “Probably will. Yup.”

That should take care of any questions about whether this one is about the money or not.

The star defensive tackle could be playing his final home game as a Lion this week, but he was devoid of nostalgia at the prospect.

“I don’t think about things like that,” Suh said. “I think, most important, we’ve got to go out there and get a win and kind of go from there.”

Asked later about the possibility of playing his final home game, he said:  “No clue. It’s not my decision.”

While it might not fit the “I do it all for the team,” narrative fans want to believe about their laundry, Suh’s honesty is refreshing.

He’s one of the league’s top players at his position, and deserves a chance to be paid as such.

So the fact that he’s up front about going to the place with the biggest pile of cash is admirable.

78 responses to “Ndamukong Suh says agent will pick his next team

  1. I appreciate his honesty about the money but to then claim it’s about the fans is seriously misguided. This clown doesn’t care about anyone but himself. He will get a huge contract in Oakland or Dallas and ala Haynesworth, you’ll never hear from him again.

  2. Before his agent picks a team, a team is going to have to pick him first as a free agent candidate.

    Wouldn’t it be crazy if only the five 2-11 teams made a push for him?

  3. So would you rather go to a team and be the highest paid player (that wins 4 games each year for 5 years) or go to a tteam that wins 10 games each year, makes the playoffs each of those 5 years, but would make the 5th highest at your pposition? Sometimes money cannot buy what has to be earned and worked for…..

  4. Lions should seriously consider using the franchise tag on him. He makes the entire defense go. Mike Zimmer today said Suh was one of the best of all time. High praise from a highly respected defensive coach.

  5. This guy was overpaid dramatically on his rookie deal. The problem is that he’s going to try to use that as the starting point in negotiations even though the new CBA would have made his rookie salary about 25% of what he’s making.

    Plus, he’s not as good as he thinks he is or other people are tricked into believing. Most of his “toughness” that he is known for is false swag and late/dirty hits.

  6. In a perfect world he would sign with a SB contending team willing to pay top dollar. Suh obviously doesn’t care about being in a perfect world.

  7. If Suh goes to the Redskins he is a bigger fool than Dan Snyder trying to sign the guy. That’s coming from a lifelong Redskins fan. The Redskins need a lot more than Suh to right the ship, also refer to “Haynesworthless and Hatcher” man, those were some great signings!

  8. As a Lion fan, I wish him well and I know that if the Lions could afford it, they would pay him.

  9. Pierre Paul, Hankins, Suh, Moore, Kennard, healthy secondary, ODB, healthy Cruz, blossoming OL, , Eli with growing pains of new offense out of the way, high draft picks in 2015 to further fortify the OL…..

    hear that “slam” sound? That’s the Eagles/Cowboys small little door for winning anything closing.

    Just like always.

  10. @RomoisGod:
    “I appreciate his honesty about the money but to then claim it’s about the fans is seriously misguided.”
    ———————————————————-

    I didn’t see one single quote from Ndamukong Suh saying it’s all about the fans. He blatantly says he is going to let his agent “Jimmy,” make the final decision.

    Suh is a ferocious competitor and will definitely fatten his wallet this offseason.

  11. I find it most interesting that he plays at such a high level while basically admitting he does not care which team he plays for. If he’s looking at his future that when then it is safe to assume he doesn’t care about the Lions. He just wants the win and the money. It’s an interesting line to walk, and frankly, I couldn’t do it.

  12. Sounds heartless “It’s not my decision” but business is business I suppose. I wish the Lions could have kept him but if you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it. Good luck Suh.

  13. This is great! Ndamukong has been asked repeatedly this season where he will sign next year and every time he has said he’s not answering that question. Hey media stop asking the guy! Now that he’s passed the buck on to Jimmy Sexton Suh can go move on to the business of ripping little Teddy bear apart this weekend.

    Go Lions

  14. This is probably a good negotiating tactic, but I don’t buy it. I can’t see any reasonably intelligent and independent person, which, by all accounts, Suh is, letting someone else decide where he is going to live and work for the next four or five years.

  15. Best wishes, Ndamukong. Be sure to put some of the cash aside for the future. There aren’t a lot of post-football jobs that will be willing to pay much to put up with you.

  16. I hear the Falcons need help on the Dline, would be a good place and they will have the cap room after cutting all the dead weight in the off season.

  17. Short term gain for the NFL. But this is gonna blow up in their face on the next CBA. Players are getting more and more sick of Goodell.

  18. johnlongdongsilver says:
    Dec 10, 2014 2:21 PM
    It seems like this guy would be perfect for the Raiders. I am an Eagles fan.
    ————

    Because you are scared he goes to the Giants and helps ruin that flimsy trash offense next year.

  19. “So the fact that he’s up front about going to the place with the biggest pile of cash is admirable.”

    Admirable? In your world maybe. Not in mine.

    If you want to know what’s wrong with this world in general, you could start with that simple sentence.

  20. Suh talks a great game and clearly thinks he’s one of the best in the business. He has proven unfortunately that he is undisciplined and hurts his team at critical times with his boneheaded cheap shots.

    Unfortunately for Suh, we have all seen J.J. Watt play. The bar that he has set both in terms of performance and professionalism makes Suh look pedestrian. Whoever is dumb enough to pay him what he wants deserves what they get.

  21. If anyone needs help on the D-Line it’s the Dallas Cowboys. The line can’t quite get to the QB. Jerrah’s going to open his wallet up on this one. Sad part is, DeMarco may be the one who doesn’t get re-signed.

  22. justintuckrule says:Dec 10, 2014 2:34 PM

    Pierre Paul, Hankins, Suh, Moore, Kennard, healthy secondary, ODB, healthy Cruz, blossoming OL, , Eli with growing pains of new offense out of the way, high draft picks in 2015 to further fortify the OL…..

    hear that “slam” sound? That’s the Eagles/Cowboys small little door for winning anything closing.
    ==================================

    Pierre-Paul is a free agent too. Nice try, but you can’t have them both. Not enough cap space.

  23. Suh isn’t Haynesworth, you’re right about that, Suh is the dirtiest player ever, Haynesworth isn’t the tip of Suh’s dirty play iceberg! Get a clue classy Detroit fan!

  24. Sounds like he is done in Detroit. I could see him in New England, he is the kind of player they like. Sounds like he has grown up a bit too. Helluva player.

  25. Lions will Franchise him and let Jimmy negotiate with other teams for a long term deal and then choose to match it. They can get draft picks for him if they choose not to match. Reggie Bush will be waived and Stafford and Megatron can move their money around to make the room needed to Franchise Tag Suh. No way they just release him.

  26. people on here talk about “rather go to a winner” and blah blah… but weve seen year after year the teams that were going to be the “winners” turn out not to make the playoffs.

    imagine someone going to the saints this year

    that being said… some of you people really dont understand money. Would you take 80 million when you could get 100? thats 20 million freaking dollars..

    thats money to invest or start other businesses or to live on the other 70 years of your life… 20-30 million more just to live in a city that you might not like for 5 years or so… count me in

  27. “That should take care of any questions about whether this one is about the money or not.”

    How does that “take care” of the money issue? The agent wants the biggest contract as well. It’s ALWAYS about the money. Always.

  28. I’m shocked. First, this guy is very smart. IMHO all this stuff he was involved in the past couple years was to stay in the news stuff. If they aren’t talking about you your not relevant.

    I think he has every intention of taking away Sapps job in the future. He’s been eyeing the future for a long time and he had to want a big market like NY to play in with all the advertisement money there.

    Sure he is letting his agent do the work but that agent has marching orders: big market, big market, big market. Don’t know if the jets need him but the Giants might. He could go west coast as well but again the big city for him.

    He wants commercials and billboards baby.

  29. Please don’t come to MN. Love your talent, but there’s no heart there. You’ve got “get paid and rest on laurels” written all over you. Please go to DC.

  30. snowlock2013 says:

    Please don’t come to MN. Love your talent, but there’s no heart there. You’ve got “get paid and rest on laurels” written all over you. Please go to DC.

    ======================
    Agreed. He’s got Albert Haynesworth written all over him.

  31. Those of you who don’t watch this guy weekly, and have bought into the mostly bologna media-driven witch hunt crap about him need to understand. …this dude is nothing short of an incredible football player. Since he’s extremely consistent with his effort, pick any one game and watch the film……the guy is sick. Those making Albert Haynesworth comparisons are so far off you make yourselves look super ignorant. The guy is an introvert, which is his prerogative. I’d get sick of the repetitive questions too. I’m hoping like hell Detroit keeps him. If not, still a huge fan. Some fan base will be shocked at how good the guy is if he leaves. Thanks for your effort every Sunday which ever way it goes Ndamukong. Oh yeah, the guy doesn’t get hurt either.

  32. Lions won’t have cap room to franchise him, so he’s gone. Won’t miss seeing him twice a year.

  33. To bad the cloud or ‘Dirty Player’ surrounds Suh. I really think he is worth the piles of cash he will be offered, but I think his conduct will ultimately reduce the number of teams bidding for his services. Hopefully, fans will see this…if anything…NOTHING is truly guaranteed in the NFL, so do the right thing and make these silly owners pay and get what you can get. It is after all the American way…to better one’s self, and if they are willing to pay it, you would be silly not to take it.

  34. As a GIANTS fan, he would solve a lot of problems on our team the day he walked in the door.

    Seattle wound not run for 350 on us again, I could tell you that.

  35. “So the fact that he’s up front about going to the place with the biggest pile of cash is admirable.”

    Admirable isn’t the term I’d use, it’s unbelievably stupid. I remember a #2 receiver who went for the money, leaving his Super Bowl team years before the dynasty faded. He went to a pathetic team as their #1 receiver, and that was the last we basically heard from him.

    “that being said… some of you people really dont understand money. Would you take 80 million when you could get 100? thats 20 million freaking dollars..”

    He should already be set financially. Yes, I would take 20@ less to play with Seattle or Green Bay than with the Jets or Oakland. Make silly money instead of stupid money, but be able to have hope and enjoy winning. To grab the money and lose? Why?

  36. I respect the sentiment about getting paid. But first, I am pretty sure his agent has different thoughts about what achieves a best option & contract combination. A player optimizes their contract by being effective. Being effective is graded by overall team success. So, selecting a loosing team that perennially can’t make the playoffs equates to less money within that contract. Second, players get bonuses for being in the playoffs & Super Bowls. Not getting there is a missed money making opportunity. Third, larger endorsements are made by those whose names are more readily known. Being “known” is significantly easier when you are winning (nobody remembers the loosing teams Defensive End’s name in a positive way). Fourth, the value of the next contract you get after the existing contract expires is directly impacted by how successful that team was with you on that team. Super Bowl winning players always get a premium on the open market…just because they have that ring.

    It would be incredibly naïve of him to allow someone else to make the decision solely. I would insist on seeing all my options.

  37. “Seattle wound not run for 350 on us again, I could tell you that.”

    Probably not. But, the Hawks would still get around 150 yards on your team. Seriously. No one bites harder on the read-action than the Giants. Suh would give you some help, but not enough to stall the run game.

  38. tommyribs says:
    Dec 10, 2014 4:22 PM
    As a GIANTS fan, he would solve a lot of problems on our team the day he walked in the door.

    Seattle wound not run for 350 on us again, I could tell you that

    HE DOES FIT WHAT GIANTS NEED BUT:

    The Giants are a franchise that badly needs to rebuild. So, do you spend all your $$$ on 1 or 2 great players??? Or do you go out and bring in 9-10 good players @ $3 mill/year???

    Without know teams’ cap situations..Suh is a better fit in Green Bay, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Steelers, Bengals..I’d throw in Dolphins, BUT, South Beach would eat him alive..Imagine him & Pouncey out on the towm

  39. @marshawn lunch – If we hold you to 150, we win.

    It’s all academic. We’re not playing you next year anyway unless it’s in the playoffs.

  40. “If we hold you to 150, we win.”

    If the Seahawks gain 150 rushing, then how exactly does your team win?? Even if the Giants held the Seahawks to 150 total yards of offense, I still would put money on the Seahawks winning that game. Eli is a turnover machine and the Seahawks defense has shown that they can score plenty of point off turn-overs.

  41. Dear haters —

    If Suh ends up on YOUR favorite team, the hate will dissipate. Suh plays nearly 90% of the Lions’ snaps and he goes hard every single one. You’ll be standing and hooting SUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH!!!! at the TV right out of the chute.

    Don’t believe the anti-hype. This dude is the goods.

    I’m a lifelong Lions fan. I wish Suh well. It’s gonna suck watching him play the prime of his career in another uniform, but he’s got nine toes out the door.

  42. Sellout. Lions gave him his first shot, and stuck with him through all his dirty playing. They deserve a discount. Does he really need to be the highest paid? No.

  43. He is paid as one of the top players at his position.

    Know the facts before you post an article.

  44. Ndamukung Suh come on down you remind me of a young Lyle Alzado! All the jerks calling you dirty are brain dead stupid and trying to transform football flag football. Mister Suh you play as they did in the 70’s and early eighties akin to Conrad Dobler an Offensive Lineman down and dirty no holds barred 100% smash mouth football National League Football style! Lyle would come after you until the last sound of the whistle so would Howie Long and he is in the hall of fame. Come on down we need you”ll be perfect in Silver and Black

  45. Look I’m not going to say that Suh is the next Haynesworth, but I can see why the comparison is being made. I don’t think it’ll happen because Suh works his tail off while Haynesworth was lazy, but that’s the only major difference.

    But to those of you Lions fans who are mocking those making the comparison, I wish you would ask a Titans fan what they thought of Haynesworth the year before he left town. Suh has been great, but so was Haynesworth in Tennessee, he was even a legitimate MVP candidate one year. So to say that Suh won’t be another Haynesworth simply because Suh is a great player now is a poor argument

  46. He’s awesome and we’d like to have him a lion for the rest of his career but you can’t put that much money toward a DT, you literally can’t do that if you want to build a championship defense. The money we save for not resigning suh can be used for extending ziggy ansah, ihedabo, Quinn and even signing free agents. He’s the best DT in the league but DTs aren’t worth the money he’s going to get. Get someone solid and move on

  47. Haynesworth worked his tail off UNTIL he got paid, then he retired but didn’t tell anyone.

  48. Suh and the Lions’ fans have a complicated relationship. Sad to see him go, but things can’t stay the same forever.

    It’s time to move on, thanks for the memories, and also glad to not deal with the on and off-field shenanigans. Or the contract that he will never EVER be able to live up to because no DT is worth QB money.

    Like I said. It’s complicated. Probably too complicated.

  49. So Suh is leaving it all up to his agent….

    Why would his agent go with anything other than highest bidder so his cut is better?

    Sometimes it’s evident that it’s all about the money. No more than in this case.

  50. If Suh stays or goes we should still try to re-sign Fairley.
    I hope Suh stays, but I doubt he will. Seems like he is more worried about money.

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