Emotional Suh knows it’s over in Detroit

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh prefaced his post-game press conference by asking that the questions focus only on the loss to the Cowboys, and not on his future.  But Suh’s emotional, tearful demeanor revealed that he understands that his future will entail a team other than the Lions.

Suh will become a free agent in March.  The Lions won’t use the franchise tag, since doing so would cost more than $26 million in guaranteed 2015 salary.  Unless the Lions offer Suh more than anyone else does on the open market or Suh decides to take less to stay in Detroit, he’ll be leaving.

Sure, some of the emotion likely came from a close loss in his second career playoff game.  But Suh’s tears, which ultimately culminated in Suh leaving the podium mid-question, primarily flowed from the reality that he’ll likely never wear a Lions uniform again.

152 responses to “Emotional Suh knows it’s over in Detroit

  1. You’ll be missed in Detroit. Hes the best DT in the game. Unfortunately, the money used on re-signing him can be used on multiple quality players. I want Mike Iupati!

  2. If I was a Detroit fan I’d hate the cowboys more than any team. Its hilarious watching Jerry and dez Bryant celebrate like it was all them. Easiest team to hate after the patriots.

  3. He will go to the $$$ and that it’s it. So which dumbazz team will pay him more than JJ Watt money? Who knows but somebody (probably Cleveland) will do it and put every egg in that basket and spend the next 10 years paying for it.

  4. Oh I don’t know… as much as I’d love to have him on my favorite team, a close loss like this with a flavor of referee bias, can leave a bad taste. Maybe he’ll be more likely to come back to Detroit now? You don’t know and shouldn’t declare as such.

  5. Welcome to Seattle, Mr. Suh! We won’t be able to give you a ring from our SB win this year but you will definitely get one when we win it again next year!

  6. We’ll certainly miss Suh…but it would certainly be nice to see a player…just once…figure out that he can survive on, let’s say, $80 million instead of $100 million, and stay with a team and fan base that loves him, and is so close to being a deep playoff team.

    That being said, I saw an interesting statistic the other day: opponents’ average rush-per-carry this year against the Lions was lowest in the league when Nick Fairley was playing without Suh on the field, slightly higher when both were on the field, and even higher when only Suh was on the field.

    I’m not saying that Suh isn’t one of the best ever. What I’m saying is that, if Suh leaves, we need to find a way to keep Fairley…and keep him healthy.

  7. He’ll go elsewhere and somebody will give him big money. Michael Crabtree will be overpaid too. Any time you’re one of the “big names” at your position you end up getting way more than you are worth.

  8. This guy is a real enigma because he’s as much a turd as he is talented.

    On the one hand, I’d love to see him play for the Raiders, (they have the cap room needed) hoping he’d grow up a little, but on the other hand, he’s just too dirty to take a chance on.

  9. As a Lions fan my feelings toward him have gone up and down over the years, but he’s still one heck of a football player and it’s going to suck to see him go. I wish him well.

  10. And hopefully every other team in the league will see Suh for what he is. An over rated player who has to resort to dirty injury tactics just to stay on the field. I hope he’s done, The NFL will be better for it

  11. If Mickey Loomis can work some magic like he did last season in signing Byrd, I would love to have him in N.O. That’s a long shot though. We’re way over the cap…..

  12. I feel bad for Detroit and their fans, they really got hose today. But I feel nothing for that turd.

  13. ottoman2345 says:
    Jan 4, 2015 8:35 PM
    There isn’t a team in the NFL that doesn’t want him.
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    There are actually a number of NFL teams that wouldn’t want Suh because they value character and leadership. Suh is an athletic freak, don’t get me wrong, but many teams are beginning to learn that the headaches he’ll cause aren’t worth it.

  14. He’ll wear the uniform again if he wants to. If he wants to go for the highest payday, thats his choice.

  15. Welcome to the NY Giants.

    Him and Jonathan Hankins will form a nasty DT combo.

    Suh would take a slight discount to play for the Giants…why? Because he’d make up for it in endorsement money and expanding his brand playing in New York.

  16. And now, fans over every team suddenly become a big Suh fan.

    So funny how many pathetic hypocrites there are out there.

    “Suh is dirty!”
    *Suh joins team*
    “SUUUUUUUUUHHHH”

  17. @ slvrnblk72

    “Welcome to the Silver and Black”

    If you think he played dirty in Detroit, he would be downright filthy in Oakland. The guy would be loved by the black hole fans, but despised by the purists who know his type of antics aren’t welcome in the NFL.

    Great DT, but a head case who can’t control his emotions. The dirty and cheap shots just aren’t conducive to a player of his talent level.

  18. Giants should go after him….Coughlin will straighten him out. Schwartz was a moron and Caldwell is a wuss; all Suh needs an actual no nonsense head coach and he’ll be fine.

  19. He is one of those players you hate when he is on the other team. But you want him on yours. Kind of like Robby Alomar and Dennis Rodman.

  20. Suh true greatest can only be achieved with a team that once mirrored his talent, passion and old school filthy play. Come to the Black Hole and fullfill your destiny! Btw, the Raiders need you 🙂

  21. There’s emotion to knowing its a last game with teammates you’ve been with for several years, and people in the organization you’ve gotten to know, but as a businessman I don’t think Suh has any sentiment about the colors he wears.

    He’s made it clear that where he plays will be decided by his agent. They’re looking at the total package that gets offered wherever he goes. That includes what he can make off the field with endorsements and all of that stuff. He’s on the record as saying his goal is to become a billionaire, and I expect him to accomplish that goal.

    It’s been pretty much a given all year that this was his last season as a Lion, and he played hard all year. Loved seeing him go out with a couple of sacks.

    Both teams played with the same refs. Bottom line, Cowboys won because they wanted it more.

  22. He’s had 4 years to care about the fate of the team and his career. He spent the whole time being a bi-polar maniac who pretended he didn’t care about anything. Can’t say I feel too bad for him.

  23. u know what u people need to get over the crap on suh, am I happy the lions lost, hell yes I am but Suh played a clean game tonight and he is one of the best in his position here’s good luck to uSuh no matter where u go just keep it clean

  24. Hmmmm….what teams have horrible defenses and a history of cheating and dirty players? Suh can only be in New Orleans or Oakland next year.

  25. saints12013 says: Jan 4, 2015 8:37 PM

    If Mickey Loomis can work some magic like he did last season in signing Byrd, I would love to have him in N.O. That’s a long shot though. We’re way over the cap…..
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    The magic of Byrd. 26M guaranteed for four games and 22 tackles.

  26. Even Suh has to realize that his salary is ridiculous, and it hurts his team not have the extra $$ to improve. If he’s really loyal and the tears are real, he’ll work it out with big “D”.

  27. arwiv says:
    Giants should go after him….
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    The rumor has been that he’d like to go to New York, so you may get your wish.

  28. bengalsfan2079 says:
    Jan 4, 2015 8:32 PM
    Then take a little less and stay if you care so much you’ve already made huge money on a rookie deal take 15 million instead of 20+ and stay.

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    The GM that gives Suh 20+ million dollars is absolutely headed to the open market within 24 months. 1/7 of your cap for a single DE? If he sees one penny over 14 million per on the open market, I will be shocked.

  29. congrats cowboys from a skins fan, def. not pass int. on that call; did the right thing by picking up the flag. lions had em and let em off the hook. they will lose next week however.

  30. I don’t understand why some great players can’t get it out of their heads to just play within the rules. Bill Romanowski and John Lynch were both great players, but, like Suh, deliberately tried to injure guys. These guys are great competitors but they just take it too far.

  31. Who cares? He’s s degenerate dirty player who’s a scourge on the league (and society). Crocodile tears.

  32. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 4, 2015 8:30 PM

    If I was a Detroit fan I’d hate the cowboys more than any team. Its hilarious watching Jerry and dez Bryant celebrate like it was all them. Easiest team to hate after the patriots.

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    Most annoying teams? I’d put Seattle first, Pittsburgh second. Their fans are so much more ignorant and annoying than anything the players or front office of any team could do. I’d lump Washington in there too but logicalvoicesays is entertaining and their team is so pathetic it’s more a source of amusement than anything else. Sadly my team hasn’t been good enough in quite some time to have a good, current rivalry. I do take pleasure if we beat the crappy Chargers or the flyover Chiefs, but until we do it on a regular basis again it’s just not the same.

  33. Not too many teams out there can pay this guy like a starting NFL quarterback – the salary cap makes sure of that. His choices will be limited.

    Detroit can’t afford him because Stafford, Suh and Calvin Johnson were all drafted before the last NFL / Player agreement – in the era where rookies received massive contracts.

    Somebody will pony up some big dollars for this psycho – but paying too much puts them in salary cap hell in regards to the rest of their roster.

    Besides, these big guys have a history of not being able to live up their gigantic paydays.

  34. So glad they lost! Would have been a travesty. He should never have been playing in that game. Should have been suspended. They deserved to lose simply because they tolerated his criminal behavior.

  35. This will be one of the most interesting free agents in years. To watch teams value him and see what kind of offers he gets. Immense talent. Immense risk to signing him.

  36. Does it really matter? DT dont win Super Bowls. Just ask the Redskins and Albert Haynesworth

  37. Bears fan here, They are too deep on the line to keep him. However they become easier to manage with him out of the lineup.

    I don’t like the guy’s actions sometimes, but he can play thats for sure.

  38. Today’s loss put the final dagger into the heart of the Lions . it was a cruel psychological defeat. Suh is gone for sure . This means the Lions and Bears are both in transition along with the Vikings . ONLY ONE TEAM WILL RULE THE NFC NORTH : THE GREEN BAY PACKERS ! GO PACK GO ! DESTROY DALLAS !

  39. Premature much?..that said i would love to keep him in Detroit but if he leaves thats fine with me..that money can be spent well on other positions. Oh and todays game was fixed if ya didnt know..but we all know that.

  40. drakescounsellor says: Darn right most dominant inside player in the league, dominated that 0-line the entire day, he would make an impact on any team
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    Ha ha. How many playoff games have the Lions won with him? Face it, the Lions have done squat with him. They would have been better off using the money the paid him on some players that would have won them a playoff game.

    Let him stomp off into the sunset. Lions will be better next year without him.

  41. Lets be clear on one thing. He nor his agent are in control of him leaving Detroit. $26.7m is an absurd amount of money but if he leaves DET would be paying him $9m in dead cap money to play for some other team. That is unlikely to happen. If The Lions can’t get him to sign a long term deal (even though he’ll ask for Watt money) don’t be all that shocked if the Lions franchise him for next season. It’s not long term but with another year the Lions get an extra year to upgrade their team. They are serious playoff contenders heading into next year if they retain him, even at a hefty price.

  42. Last week he carelessly stepped on a guy and this week he is crying at the podium. Are people now suppose to care about his hurt feeling? Go figure.

  43. We have to pay Russell Wilson soon, and we won’t be able to afford Suh. I SURE hope we could pick up a DT in the next draft with at least 60 percent of Suh’s talent!

  44. You can’t beat a team like the Cowboys with the Zebras on their side. Thanks to Mr. Suh for playing his heart out, along with all the rest of the Lions, you are the best.

  45. Raiderapologist, I was referring to how Mickey Loomis managed our horrible cap situation in order to sign Byrd. Believe me I am well aware there was no magic in Byrd’s very limited availability this season. But if you have a weakness you obviously try to fix the problem with the best available guy you can find and at the time Byrd was on a lot of team’s radar…..

  46. just because there’s a lot of hate for Suh? he’ll be blessed with a team sooner rather than later. Trust me, as soon as free agency opens? he’ll be signed. Just needs a fresh start that’s all

  47. Detroit fans always making excuses. Worst fans in the world come from that trash city. Raiola and Suh should’ve been suspended for this game. The nerve Lions fans have to cry after they were given the game early and still choked it away lol.

  48. Ahhhh poor baby…maybe you should go to the Raiders or the Saints…..They love dirty players there

  49. Just a matter of time before the fans of some franchise crushing the young man to be ordering their Suh jersey, talking about how he is going to anchor the d and lead them to a Lombardi. When a guy wears your team colors, he is alright and if not he will be vilified.

  50. charlesanakin says: Jan 4, 2015 9:38 PM

    Lets be clear on one thing. He nor his agent are in control of him leaving Detroit.
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    Technically that’s correct, but he and his agent are in charge of where he goes when this contract has ended.

    The Lions don’t have the cap space to franchise him. They tried to work out a long term deal with him before the 2014 season and both sides were miles apart. That was before the JJ Watt deal, which also increased Suh’s price tag.

    No one expects him to be a Lion next year.

    And the real loss for us Lions fans will be defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. After what he did for our defense this season he seems like an obvious candidate to fill one of the head coach vacancies.

  51. Matthew Stafford 0-18. Dude flat out sucks. Suh should be happy to get the hell out of there.

    And one more thing. Gym Shorts would have won that game today.

  52. Most annoying teams? I’d put Seattle first, Pittsburgh second. Their fans are so much more ignorant and annoying than anything the players or front office of any team could do. I’d lump Washington in there too but logicalvoicesays is entertaining and their team is so pathetic it’s more a source of amusement than anything else. Sadly my team hasn’t been good enough in quite some time to have a good, current rivalry. I do take pleasure if we beat the crappy Chargers or the flyover Chiefs, but until we do it on a regular basis again it’s just not the same.

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    I’m a Hawks fan so I’m biased but I could see how people hate them. Russell Wilson is a genuinely nice guy though and Pete Carroll seems that way too. It’s guys like Sherman who make the team easy to hate or the bandwagon fans.

    I actually find the Minnesota Vikings to be more annoying than the Redskins solely due to the poet. No matter how bad they are he will post about how they will win it all next year or how the dynasty is starting soon.

  53. Quick comment on Suh suspension being reversed:

    As a loser Charger fan my feelings towards Suh and Rodgers are equal…I don’t care about either. I just saw the video for the first time today and I expected to see Suh stomping on Rodgers while lording over him and getting away with it because of what I read about it. After watching it I actually agree with Suhs explanation. The guy was facing away from Rodgers and his attention was elsewhere and he stumbled backwards. I don’t know if his feet were frozen but both steps looked accidental to me, the first backing into him and the second stepping forward. He didn’t stomp down he was just tripping. I will say he showed no concern for what was going on behind him but it was also far from purposeful. If this was Luke Kuechly doing the same thing everyone would believe him but because it’s Suh it was on purpose. Just my opinion.

  54. @ivan- they absolutely do have the cap space. The cap goes up $10m going into next season and franchising him would only cost them about $6m more than they paid him this year. The Lions have no other big time FAs who they need to pay and even some dead weight veterans who can be cut. Would it make their cap situation really tight? Yes, but it is doable and maybe even likely even if Suh chooses not to be a part of their long term plans based on it giving them an extra year of his play and an extra year to find players to fill his position. Don’t be surprised if they use the franchise tag as a bridge to remain playoff contenders.

  55. @charlesankin- they may have the cap space (I’m doubtful of that) but the simple fact is his franchise tag will be $27 million next year with an insane $36.4 million cap hit. A franchise would mean the Lions are paying 50% of their cap to Stafford, Calvin and Suh. It’s just not sound cap management to have three players make up half of your salary cap. Suh is a star on the field, but that money can best be spent on multiple positions.

  56. Why do you assume he won’t be back in Det? Because he cried? The Lions will do what it takes to keep their best defensive player – either make him the highest paid def player in the league or franchise him.

  57. Hopefully it’s over for him in the NFL.

    Good riddance, chump. I love the tears; they are so sweet and nourishing.

  58. The Lions can afford to franchise him. Hopefully it won’t come to that, but that is still in the cards.

  59. Man, NFL players love to cry. All that fluctuation in their testosterone and estrogen levels, has left them all scrambled up in the dome.

  60. As much crazy, down right dirty stuff that Suh does, I’d love to see him line up for my team’s defense every Sunday all things being equal

    I probably wouldn’t sign him, someone is going to give him a fortune. He’s worth a lot, but I think he’ll get more than he is worth. Not sure what the final number would be, but I wouldn’t want to pay more than 8m/y for any DT

    That being said, the man makes guys around him better. He has to be double teamed every down, which make the other guys on the line know that 95% of the time, they just have to beat their man. He puts steady pressure on the QB, which means DB’s don’t have to cover their man as long, or worry too much about double moves (since they usually won’t have time to try one anyway). Not to mention how he clogs up the middle in the run game.

    The guy is a difference maker, and is going to be changing addresses, bottom line

  61. The magic of Byrd 4 games and 22 tackles for 26 million……

    Yeah that sucks but he still is the best defender on team when he was on field in a secondary that sucks so much.

  62. Cmon man, quit with the whining about the refs. The non- call on the pi late was the right call. So what the defender didnt turn around, the receiver didnt have a play on the ball. Correction: he’s the best dt in the league not named haloti. Suck it up detroit, you very much deserved the L cuz in the end you earned it.

  63. The WWE is more his style than professional REAL sports. He can stomp on opponents all he wants and then pretend like he’s “sorry” when the ref “warns” him. He already has the suplex down.

  64. @abe- it’s not a tenable long term strategy but more of a give us an extra year to figure it out strategy. This is Madden. You can’t just say, “oh, we lost Suh and we’ve got some money so we’ll take Revis, Uapati and keep Fairley.” 31 other teams want the best players too. Just cause they have space doesn’t mean they necessarily can get impact player with that money.
    If the Lions let Suh go someone *cough* Raiders *cough* will give him more than Watt got. Not because he’s worth more than Watt but because players of his caliber almost never hit FA.

  65. Welcome to Seattle, Mr. Suh! We won’t be able to give you a ring from our SB win this year but you will definitely get one when we win it again next year!

    No, no ring. If he came to Seattle and pulled the crap he’s famous for in Detroit he’d be shipped off or cut. Despite what the Hawk haters will say Seattle’s front office and Coach play with class players. See Harvin, Tate and a few others.

  66. Hmmm will the tears dry up when this jerk gets a bigger payday?

    He will bail out of Detroit like a rat on a sinking ship for more money.

    I hope he goes to the AFC.

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