Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson publicly pitched for defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to stay as he is a free agent.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is set to hit free agency as his rookie contract has expired, and he is expected to command a contract worth at least $100 million.
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Since the Lions have other free agents as well, it will be difficult to re-sign Suh. However, All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson publicly campaigned for his teammate to stay. “I’ll do whatever I got to do,” Johnson said to the Detroit Free Press.
Johnson is due $20.6 million against the salary cap, and quarterback Matthew Stafford is due another $17.7 million.
One of them will likely have to restructure their contracts to keep Suh in Detroit.
However, the bidding may be ultimately be too high for the Lions. They will do whatever they can to keep the key piece of their top-ranked run defense though, and their pass rush would severely decline without him.
The Lions saw their defense improve greatly this season as it became one of the top units in the NFL, but it remains to be seen where Suh’s heart truly lies.