It’s not Ndamukong Suh’s fault he is scheduled to make more than $12 million next season and has a $22.4 million cap charge. It’s the deal the team offered him and he signed back in 2010.
Suh is going to be a free agent after this season, and if he doesn’t sign a long-term deal this year the, franchise tag for him will be 120 percent of his 2014 salary, or $15 million for the 2015 season. That will destroy the Lions’ salary cap and Suh knows it.
Right now, Suh, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson eat up $51.3 million of the 2014 club’s salary cap or close to 40 percent of the team’s space. The top three contracts on the world champion Seahawks will consume 27 percent of their salary cap (though their QB still is on his rookie contract).
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