Martin Mayhew says franchise tag an option for Ndamukong Suh

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There aren’t too many people who think that the Lions are going to use the franchise tag to keep defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh from becoming an unrestricted free agent because it would cost them $26 million to do so for the 2015 season.

That kind of outlay alongside big numbers for quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson would severely limit the team’s ability to address needs at other spots on the roster, but General Manager Martin Mayhew wasn’t willing to rule it out on Thursday. Speaking to reporters, Mayhew said that he wants Suh to remain on the team and all options were open regarding Suh, including using the franchise tag, although he stopped short of saying that the team would do whatever it takes to keep Suh in town.

“At any cost? No, I wouldn’t say that. He certainly is a big priority for us,” Mayhew said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Mayhew didn’t say when he would start negotiations with Suh’s representatives, but said he spoke to Suh on Monday. Despite Mayhew’s comments, the franchise tag remains a highly unlikely route for negotiations to take. That would lead to Suh becoming a free agent if he and the team can’t agree on a long-term deal in the coming weeks.

22 responses to “Martin Mayhew says franchise tag an option for Ndamukong Suh

  1. Several Teams have shown some interest in pursuing the soon to be Ex-Lion, but have suddenly gotten “Cold Feet” at the last minute.

  2. The Lions need to franchise Suh. I imagine Suh does not want that but it could force his hand to a long term deal with the team. He could sign it and cost $26 millions against the CAP, but Suh also knows that number is too high to field a competitive team with all the Free Agents we have. I would think he would have to work something out at least short term if he wants to make the playoffs again with Detroit.
    Or take JJ Watts deal increase it by 5-10% and give it to Suh. Maybe even add an extra year or two on it.

  3. crik911 says:
    Jan 8, 2015 2:31 PM
    Suh is the proto-typical player you hate to play against, but love to have on your side.
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    Well said. Not a single person criticizing Suh wouldn’t love to have him lining up in their team’s colors.

  4. Suh needs to hit FA and let the Redskins break the bank on him and see him either give up, or be suspended for multiple games after his dirty, sociopathic behavior serious injures someone.

  5. trumb1mj says: Jan 8, 2015 2:36 PM

    Best DT in football. Haters will continue to hate because he’s staying in the D. #DetroitVsEverybody
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    “Haters” are hoping you guys do whatever it takes to keep him in the D. Because with another monster contract to add on to Calvin “Megatron” Johnson and Matthew “Choke” Stafford, you’re pretty much guaranteed to continue your impressive streak of years without a playoff win.

    Here’s hoping!

  6. I’ve said it all along. He won’t get out of Detroit this year. They will franchise him if he doesn’t sign long term. The only other major FA the Lions have is Fairley. Every else is a back up player or can be replaced through the draft or low cost FA. They can also cut a few people. If they franchise him they will field almost all the same players plus draftees as last year. If he won’t sign long term it’s gonna happen. They have to pay him $9m in dead money anyway so pay Suh $9m not to play for you or $26m for 1 season to remain on the team? It’s a no-brainer. Don’t be shocked when it happens.

  7. jcbadger34 – Those “monster contracts” were there last year and the year before. You have been brain washed by your idiot GM TT convincing you that, “you don’t need to spend to field a competitive team.” The fact remains, FAs do not want to play in Green Bay and this is all TT has to hold onto. Without Rodgers your team would be mediocre at best. Enjoy it.

  8. anywho123 says:
    Jan 8, 2015 2:26 PM
    Several Teams have shown some interest in pursuing the soon to be Ex-Lion, but have suddenly gotten “Cold Feet” at the last minute.

    I think he would rather stay in his old stomping grounds.

  9. trumb1mj says: Jan 8, 2015 2:59 PM

    jcbadger34 – Those “monster contracts” were there last year and the year before. You have been brain washed by your idiot GM TT convincing you that, “you don’t need to spend to field a competitive team.” The fact remains, FAs do not want to play in Green Bay and this is all TT has to hold onto. Without Rodgers your team would be mediocre at best. Enjoy it.
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    And with those monster contracts, your team IS mediocre at best. Enjoy it.

  10. crappygovernment says:
    Jan 8, 2015 2:43 PM
    Playoff wins since 1991:

    Tebow: 1
    Detroit Lions: 0

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    January 5, 1992 – Pontiac Silverdome – NFC Divisional Playoff

    Detroit Lions 38 – Dallas Cowboys 6

  11. jcbadger34 – Like I said, you’re brainwashed. TT can go selling worthless “shares of team stock” to simple minded and obese Packer Backers and taxing the heck out of WI and yet doesn’t spend every available penny on putting the best team around Rodgers during his prime. Go on believing that your GM is being “fiscally responsible” while the rest of the world shakes their head at the massive money grab your “non profit” organization is pulling. WAKE UP!

  12. trumb1mj says: Jan 8, 2015 3:51 PM

    jcbadger34 – Like I said, you’re brainwashed. TT can go selling worthless “shares of team stock” to simple minded and obese Packer Backers and taxing the heck out of WI and yet doesn’t spend every available penny on putting the best team around Rodgers during his prime. Go on believing that your GM is being “fiscally responsible” while the rest of the world shakes their head at the massive money grab your “non profit” organization is pulling. WAKE UP!
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    Oh yeah, the Packers don’t spend any money on talent around Rodgers. Which is why the offensive line held your supposedly “great” DL to one sack in Week 17, even with a completely immobile Rodgers sitting in the pocket. And I guess that’s why Nelson and Cobb have the best 1-2 stats for WRs in the league. And I guess that’s why the defense is in the top half in points and yards, and top 10 in takeaways. And overall, #1 in turnover differential.

    Yep, no one on this team besides Rodgers. You’re a smart guy, huh!

  13. I can just imagine the meltdown Suh would have if they tagged him.

    The guy has huge anger control issues and odds are he’ll blow like Mount Vesuvius if they tag him.

    Would be fun to watch for everyone but Lions fans though.

  14. “Go on believing that your GM is being “fiscally responsible” while the rest of the world shakes their head at the massive money grab your “non profit” organization is pulling. WAKE UP!”

    From what I understand any profits not reinvested in the team or stadium go to the Packers charity which puts a huge amount of money into the community.

    I’m a Pats fan but I respect the way the Green Bay organization is set up and they do more for their community than almost any other NFL team.

  15. How would he get $26 million via the franchise tag? There aren’t five DTs in the league averaging $26 million a year.

    And whatever they want to spend on him, maybe they should let him walk and put a chunk of that money towards paying refs like Jerry Jones does. Seems like a more effective method to advancing through the playoffs, especially if you can get the head of officiating onto your party bus

  16. If the Detroit Lions use the franchise tag on Suh, they should give their GM the pink slip, unless you’re prepared to say Suh is the one thing standing between them winning the Super Bowl or not.

    No QUARTERBACK is worth $26M (about 20-25%) of a salary cap. And I sure as heck don’t think a DL is worth that.

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