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Ndamukong Suh has always turned heads with his play. But this time, the news is focused on him for the same reason it has been all offseason.
And the news didn't appear welcome at first.
I understand your concern. Why wouldn't Detroit lock up its best defensive player for the long haul? Could the numbers be that far off?
The answer to the former question resides in the (presumptive) yes to the latter query.
Suh came into the league under the old CBA, where rookies could demand large deals before donning their team's colors. He is already the highest-paid defensive tackle by virtue of that inaugural deal, and it's likely that he wants to make top defensive end money (Mario Williams' contract averages $16 million per year).
That's a ludicrous number for a defensive tackle. The current scenario is actually a win for Detroit because they will get the best of a guy who showed up to camp looking like an "Adonis," according to Dominic Raiola, per MLive's Kyle Meinke. Then, once Suh hits the open market and finds the market, it's likely Suh's demands will be humbled enough for the two to strike a deal because Detroit isn't going to let him walk for a reasonable sum.
And if not, freeing up all of that cap space (despite a $9.7 million cap hit in dead money, per Spotrac) wouldn't be a horrendous alternative for a talent-laden team.