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Ndamukong Suh | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 305
College: Nebraska
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CBS' Jason La Canfora "(keeps) hearing" free agent Ndamukong Suh's deal will be in the range of $17 million annually, and include more than $60 million guaranteed.
It's the second report in two days to suggest that Suh could eclipse $60 million guaranteed. $17 million would also surpass the $16.6 million J.J. Watt's six-year deal averages. Finally, La Canfora adds to the scuttlebutt that the Dolphins will be front and center for Suh, saying if they don't land him, it "won't be for lack of effort." Mar 5 - 8:22 PM

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Profootballtalk reports the Dolphins remain the "team to watch" for free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Mike Florio's report comes roughly an hour after NFL Network reported that the Raiders are planning to host Suh for a visit. "Multiple league sources" have told Yahoo's Rand Getlin that the Dolphins and Colts are prepared to make the "strongest pushes" for Suh. The smoke connecting Suh to Miami grows thicker by the day.
Mar 5 - 2:48 PM

NFL.com's Mike Silver reports the Raiders are "planning to (host)" free agent Ndamukong Suh for a visit next week.

It's unclear if this is simply a plan or has been arranged with Suh's agent. The latter, of course, would be tampering, as free agents can't talk to potential teams until Saturday. Getting Suh to visit would be a coup, as he's unlikely to leave wherever he lands first. The Raiders have more than enough cap space to make Suh the league's highest-paid defender.
Mar 5 - 2:04 PM

The Indianapolis Star would "not place too big a bet" on free agent Ndamukong Suh signing with the Colts.

The Colts have been linked to the crown jewel of this year's free-agent class, but reporter Stephen Holder is unsure if Suh is a fit for the Colts' defense. Suh would be making the transition from a 4-3 defense to 3-4 scheme in Indy. Our opinion is that if Suh isn't a fit for your defense, perhaps you're running the wrong defense.
Mar 5 - 1:55 PM

Multiple league sources tell Yahoo's Rand Getlin that the Dolphins and Colts are poised to make the "strongest pushes" for free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Getlin reports Suh's guarantees could "exceed" $60 million, topping J.J. Watt's $51.8 million. A source "close to Suh's camp" told Getlin this year's top free-agent prize has a "slight preference" for the Dolphins, although the Colts and Lions "aren't far behind" in the Suh sweepstakes. The NFL's negotiating window opens Saturday. The free agent signing period begins next Tuesday.
Mar 4 - 8:47 PM

"Several NFL sources" tell the New York Daily News the Giants may "(consider) a run" at free agent Ndamukong Suh.

We'd guess most teams are "considering a run" at the best defensive free agent since Mario Williams — if not Reggie White — but ESPN did report in September that Suh had his eye on New York City. The problem for the G-Men is that they're relatively tight against the cap, and have glaring needs elsewhere, most notably along their offensive line. The Giants will likely kick the tires, but we doubt Suh ends up in NYC.
Mar 3 - 3:57 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports free agent Ndamukong Suh wants to be the league's highest-paid defender by both average annual salary and guaranteed money.

J.J. Watt is the man to beat on both fronts. Watt's six-year, $100 million deal comes out to $16.6 million annually, and includes $51.8 million guaranteed. They're staggering numbers, but Suh has a legit shot at passing them. Many of the league's most-desperate teams, such as Jacksonville and Oakland, find themselves flush with cap space. Suh is their best shot at a signature signing.
Mar 3 - 1:33 PM

ESPN's Mark Dominik considers the Dolphins one of three teams with a "real shot" at landing free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Dominik compares Suh to Reggie White as a "once in a generational talent" who will actually find his way to the open market. We don't disagree with that assessment. It's noteworthy that Dominik worked with Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey for several years in Tampa Bay. At age 28, Suh is going to command the largest contract among defensive players in NFL history.
Mar 2 - 6:19 PM

"Sources with the organization" tell NBC Washington that the Redskins are interested in free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Consider this the least-surprising development of the offseason. Owner Daniel Snyder has long thought games are won in March, not September-December. Per the Washington Post, the Redskins have about $25 million in cap space. A run at Suh isn't a pipe dream, but would limit new GM Scot McCloughan's options in his first year on the job. The Redskins are 12-15 players away from being a contender, not one.
Mar 2 - 4:30 PM

DetroitLions.com reports the team is "still hopeful" of reaching a long-term agreement with free agent DT Ndamukong Suh.

There's reason to believe Suh will remain in Detroit; it just won't be via the franchise tag. The Lions' odds of retaining their defensive linchpin will be no better than 50-50 in a year where many teams find themselves flush with cap space.
Mar 2 - 1:29 PM

Sources tell NBC4's Dianna Marie Russini that the Bucs, Jaguars and Raiders will be "hot" after free agent DT Ndamukong Suh.

In theory, the Lions could still get a deal done with Suh before free agency opens March 10. But now that he hasn't been franchise tagged, the way for Suh to maximize his payday is to create a bidding war. There will certainly be one, as first-team All-Pro players rarely hit the market in their prime. We'd add the Colts and Jets as teams that should be interested in breaking the bank for Suh.
Mar 2 - 12:05 PM

The Lions announced they will not use the franchise tag on DT Ndamukong Suh.

Due to previous contract restructures, franchising Suh would have cost the Lions an unruly $26.7M. So now it's official: If there's no long-term deal with Detroit in place by March 10, Suh will hit the open market as the NFL's No. 1 free agent. He'll obviously command interest from cap-rich teams all over the league even though he wants to be the NFL's highest paid defender -- topping J.J. Watt's six-year, $100M extension that included $51.8M in guarantees. The Detroit Free Press speculates bidders will include the Lions, Jaguars, Jets, Colts and Raiders. Suh has been a top-4 tackle in PFF's grades in each of the last three seasons, anchored 2014's No. 2 overall defense and has missed just two games in his five-year career.
Mar 2 - 9:44 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects the Jaguars to "make a very strong play" for free agent Ndamukong Suh.

The Jaguars are sitting on a pile of cash, and owner Shad Khan is ready to open the wallet. They've been linked to a ton of big-name free agents thus far, including Randall Cobb and Julius Thomas. Suh would be the centerpiece of coach Gus Bradley's aggressive, attacking defense. One hurdle would be convincing Suh to be part of another rebuild. He'll break the bank wherever he signs.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 25 - 2:31 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said he's "very optimistic" Detroit will be able to re-sign free agent Ndamukong Suh.

"You have to make a serious financial commitment to him and we’re ready to work that out with him," said Mayhew. Signs have been pointing toward Suh re-signing with the Lions the past couple weeks. Mayhew will exhaust all options in the effort before eventually making Suh the league's highest-paid defender.
Feb 18 - 1:40 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin said he's "planning on" free agent Ndamukong Suh returning next season.

The Lions have made an extension for Suh their top priority and want to re-sign him before the franchise tag deadline on March 2. Suh is looking to pass J.J. Watt as the highest-paid defender in the league. Ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik expects a seven-year deal in the range of $120 million for Suh, with $70M guaranteed.
Feb 13 - 8:32 PM

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