By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – The Detroit Lions have discussed with with other teams the possibility of trading star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.
Sourcing team officials, Freeman reports that the conversations are nothing out of the ordinary for a team with an expensive player – Suh’s cap hit is $22.4 million in 2014, second-highest in the NFL – who is approaching free agency.
“What the Lions are doing is standard operating procedure,” Freeman reports that one team executive told him. “Just in case they don’t think they can sign him, they’re preparing for worst case. It’s smart.”
Freeman writes, first of all, that the Lions still fully expect to get a deal done with Suh. He also writes that, if they cannot sign him, other teams might not be jumping at the chance to trade for the three-time Pro Bowl selection.
“Every team in football would love to have him,” a team official reportedly told Freeman, “but his behavior on the field still makes teams nervous. There’s a feeling that he has no self-control.”
Suh has racked up more than $200,000 in fines in his four seasons in the NFL. Often voted the league’s dirtiest player for incidents such as stomping and groin-kicking, Suh has an iffy reputation at best. A team captain, Suh made news in a negative way again this offseason by declining to attend voluntary workouts as the new coaching staff implements its new system, despite the fact head coach Jim Caldwell has made it clear he wanted Suh to attend.