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Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been Detroit's man of mystery this offseason.
He's been in on-again, off-again contract extension talks with the Lions, a process hampered by a protracted agent change and the death of Mr. Ford, Detroit's principal owner.
Even though he's a returning team captain, Suh opted to avoid the team's voluntary workout sessions. That caused some controversy and raised questions about his commitment and leadership, never minding that he does this every year and once again reported in fantastic condition.
Suh finally arrived in Detroit and spoke his peculiar mind after the first day's work. What came out of his mouth didn't exactly mollify the growing vociferousness of his rapidly expanding base of critics.
Here's what Suh said, as relayed by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:
I had an opportunity — probably a lot of you guys don’t know, I could have gone elsewhere when I was drafted. Had that decision in my hands. I chose not to take it because that’s just the way I saw it.
He appears to be saying that he could have chosen to force Detroit to not select him with the No. 2 overall pick back in 2010, akin to what the Manning family did to the Chargers with Eli back in 2004.
Suh appears to be trolling the Detroit critics here, demanding credit for doing what 99.5 percent of all players do and play for the team that gives them the best opportunity to make the most money.
It's one thing to be a vapid, tone-deaf bore, clothes that fit Suh a little too nicely. It's another when that person is trying to extract tens of millions in a lucrative contract based in part on his leadership status.
It remains to be seen what happens with Suh's contract and his future in Detroit beyond 2014. One thing is for sure, however: Ndamukong Suh will remain a lightning rod of controversy both on and off the field, and he doesn't exactly help himself by acting the way he does.