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Ndamukong Suh | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 305
College: Nebraska
Contract: view contract details

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Lions and impending free agent DT Ndamukong Suh are heading for a split.
Suh is essentially in the final year of his rookie contract as 2015 is a voidable year. PFF's No. 2 NT/DT in 2013 and No. 4 in 2012 is prepared to move on and is going to break the bank on the open market. Schefter says Suh would like to play for the Giants or Jets to help build his brand in New York, although the Cowboys and Bears are also expected to have interest. Sep 28 - 10:45 AM

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Date:'s Ian Rapoport reports the Lions are willing to let walk-year DT Ndamukong Suh reach the open market next offseason.

Per Rapoport, the Lions want an "informed" Suh to "sign a deal he’s happy with." It's a bizarre tact, one that would all but assure Suh leaves as a free agent. Players of his caliber almost never hit the market. It's possible the Lions are simply tired of the Suh experience, but he's an irreplaceable presence up front.
Jul 29 - 7:35 PM

The Lions are tabling extension talks with walk-year DT Ndamukong Suh until after the season.

The word comes from team president Tom Lewand, who remains "optimistic" a deal will get done. It's quite a gamble from the Lions, who boast precious little leverage in talks with one of the league's very best players. Thanks to his insane salary-cap number this season, Suh would cost $26.7 million to franchise tag in 2015. That means it's not going to happen, and that Suh will reach the open market if the sides can't hammer out an extension before free agency.
Jul 28 - 3:26 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Lions are "not optimistic" about agreeing to an extension with Ndamukong Suh before the season.

That's bad news, as Suh's $22.412 million cap number means he'd cost $26.7 million to franchise tag next offseason. One of the league's most dominant players, Suh holds all the cards in long-term talks.
Jul 24 - 4:13 PM

The Detroit Free Press believes DT Ndamukong Suh will get a contract extension before Week 1.

Suh, still on his rookie deal, is under contract for $11.55 million this season and then has a voidable year at just $3.5 million in 2015. The Lions are going to have to make him one of the league's highest paid defenders sooner rather than later. In four NFL seasons, Suh has piled up 27.5 sacks, been named a first-team All-Pro twice and missed just two games.
Jul 21 - 9:02 AM

Ndamukong Suh's personal trainer says he'll report to camp as a "physical specimen."

Suh's absence from voluntary workouts led to lots of pointless sound and fury, but was never a concern. "Ndamukong is a stud," Suh's trainer said. "A guy like that is a pretty unique guy. ... He knows what he has to do to be ready, and I think he's proven that every year he's been ready." Already one of the league's most-imposing physical presences, Suh is firmly in his prime heading into his age-27 campaign.
Jul 9 - 8:22 AM

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports a Ndamukong Suh trade "remains highly unlikely."

PFT's Mike Florio reports "no discussions or negotiations aimed at a possible trade have occurred." A new contract would be a requirement in any theoretical trade negotiations, meaning Suh would have to be involved. That hasn't happened, and isn't expected to. The Lions hinted at their long-term plans for Suh by declining fellow DT Nick Fairley's club option for the 2015 season.
Jun 13 - 3:30 PM

Ndamukong Suh confirmed his absence from voluntary OTAs had nothing to do with his contract situation.

Suh can become a free agent after this season, but he wasn't trying to make any statement. He never shows up to these voluntary workouts, instead choosing to train at home because he's "dialed into that program." Suh's physical condition can't be questioned as he's missed just two games in his four-year career, getting named a first-team All-Pro twice (2010, 2013).
May 21 - 12:38 PM

Ndamukong Suh reported to the Lions and participated in OTAs on Tuesday.

As expected. Suh didn't take part in voluntary workouts earlier this offseason but stayed in contact with coach Jim Caldwell. It's a non-story, as Suh has routinely skipped early offseason workouts the past two years. He'll stick around for the rest of OTAs and be in town for minicamp and training camp this summer.
May 20 - 12:26 PM

The Lions expect DT Ndamukong Suh to report to OTAs on Tuesday.

Suh created some headlines by skipping Detroit's pre-draft minicamp, but those workouts were voluntary. Despite plenty of speculation, the Lions did not trade Suh on draft weekend. "Obviously he’s a great player and he’s also got great leadership ability as well," said coach Jim Caldwell. "So to have him back here working amongst the group is going to be a great time for everybody."
May 18 - 2:35 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew shot down the notion of Detroit trading DT Ndamukong Suh at his pre-draft press conference.

The initial story of Detroit's alleged interest in Suh appeared on Bleacher Report. The Lions are more likely to work out a long-term extension with a player they view as a building block than move on from Suh. "We're not looking to trade him," Mayhew insisted. Suh, 27, is owed an $11.55 million base salary in 2014.
May 5 - 1:07 PM

Ndamukong Suh is skipping Detroit's voluntary workouts.

"It certainly didn’t blindside me," coach Jim Caldwell said. "He’s been in and out (of the facility). He was actually around a couple of days when I came to visit. So we kind of knew exactly what was going on." It's Suh's normal offseason routine. It's only news because of his controversial history.
Apr 10 - 3:04 PM

The Lions are expected to meet with Ndamukong Suh's agent next week.

The Lions haven't shown much urgency in reducing Suh's $22.4 million cap charge for 2014. Perhaps the ball will get rolling next week at the NFL's owners meeting in Orlando. Suh's rookie contract expires following the 2015 season, making an extension a win-win for both sides.
Mar 19 - 12:24 PM

Ndamukong Suh said he's not working on an extension with the Lions right now.

Suh carries a $22.4 million cap number in 2014, the second-biggest number in the league. The Lions were hoping to hammer out a new deal before free agency opened, clearing some cap room in the process, but it didn't happen. Expect the two sides to revisit talks once the dust from free agency settles.
Mar 13 - 8:30 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said he expects to get a contract extension worked out with DT Ndamukong Suh "at the start of free agency or later this offseason."

So, a deal is expected to be agreed upon at some point before Week 1. The Lions need to lower Suh's $22.4 million cap number. There was some chatter that the Lions could explore trading Suh, but Mayhew said he hasn't "really given that any thought." Suh graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 defensive tackle in 2013.
Feb 21 - 9:36 AM

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