According to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com, it is rumored that Ndamukong Suh is holding out because he wants more guaranteed money than Sam Bradford received from the St. Louis Rams.
If this is true, it will be the second year in a row that Eugene Parker has held out a rookie in hopes of getting him more money than players who were drafted earlier.
Last year, under Parker’s guidance, Michael Crabtree missed the first six weeks of the season. He ended up signing for the same money that the 49ers were originally offering. I commend the 49ers for not caving in, and I hope that the Lions will act in the same responsible way.
There is absolutely no reason why Suh should expect to get paid more than Bradford. This is so far off base that it serves as further proof that Eugene Parker is a buffoon. If Suh was taken No. 1, and Bradford No. 2, Bradford should still get paid more than Suh because of position premium.
This is what happened when quarterback Matt Ryan was drafted third overall by the Atlanta Falcons but received more money than the two players drafted ahead of him.
By all accounts, Suh is a bright person. This is why he needs to reel in Parker and agree to a contract that pays him less than Bradford but more than third overall pick Gerald McCoy.
The importance of getting a deal done quickly is magnified by the upcoming suspension of Tom Lewand. Lewand is scheduled to start serving his suspension on August 27. He serves as the lead contract negotiator for the Lions and needs to be present when such a big money contract is being negotiated.
My personal belief is that a deal will get done in the next few days. Suh has stated all along that he want to get to camp on time. He appears to be a man of his word and that will be put to the test in the next few days.
UPDATE: ESPN's Chris Mortensen just tweeted that Suh wants a six year deal worth ninety million with 56 million guaranteed.