“We were comfortable making him a proposal that would have made him the highest-paid defensive player in the league …” Lewand said.
While O’Brien said he would not compare the two players, he said he thinks Watt is the best defensive player in the league.
“Some of those incidents occurred a long time ago, and obviously players learn from situations, as I think he mentioned,” Philbin said.
“You make decisions in real time,” Mayhew said, “and I feel good about every decision that we made every step along the way.”
“It was as important [for us to get him] as it was Detroit trying to keep him,” Ross said at the owners meetings.
“He had to take the highest bid, that’s how he always looked at it, and the Lions were never going to be the highest bidder,” Birkett said.
Before the draft: Suh signed with Maximum Sports Management and agent Roosevelt Barnes.
Fairley’s deal is for one year and $5 million, according to Ian Rapoport. With incentives, Fairley could make up to $7.5 million.
Mayhew or Lewand will speak on the matter at some point, though perhaps not until the owners meetings later this month.
“It might come up in some context,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email. “It is certainly something that teams want to discuss.”