By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – Since Detroit Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh fired his agent after the 2013 season, there has been plenty of buzz surrounding who will represent Suh in his upcoming contract negotiations.
Suh is rumored to be getting into business with Roc Nation, the agency of hip-hop mogul Jay Z, but he has apparently not yet chosen an agent. According to one report, Suh may just choose to cut out the middleman altogether.
Suh’s five-year, $68 million rookie deal expires after this season. His cap number for 2014 is currently the second-highest in the NFL at $22,412,500, so the Lions have plenty of incentive to extend Suh before the start of this season and restructure his contract so the team can clear some cap space.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Suh can expect a sizable sum in his next contract, whether he signs with Detroit or elsewhere. Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins inked a five-year, $55 million extension in September 2013. Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata received a five-year, $61 million extension in 2011. After hitting free agency in 2009, Albert Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million deal, one of the most lucrative deals in the league at the time.
If Suh does represent himself in contract negotiations with the Lions, he could save some money by not having to pay a percentage of the contract in commission to the agent.