The Lions have made it known that they want to keep Ndamukong Suh in Detroit beyond his final contract year in 2014 and the defensive lineman apparently wants to stay put. Today, Jason Phil Cole of National Football Post learned from two agents at the Pro Bowl that he fired agent Eugene Parker in advance of these talks and is interviewing candidates to represent him.
Meanwhile, Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com (via Twitter) says he would not be surprised in the least if Suh winds up signing with Jay-Z. In fact, he says, any other outcome would be a surprise. Of course, the rapper entered the world of sports representation in 2013 and became the agent for Jets quarterback Geno Smith, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.
Suh, 27, will earn a base salary of $12.5MM this season. With a new deal, the Lions will hope to lock Suh up for the long-term while creating financial flexibility for this offseason by reducing his cap number. The Nebraska product racked up 49 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and roughly $217K in fines.