Ndamukong Suh‘s cap number in 2014 is $22.4MM — that’s nearly 17% of the $133MM salary cap.
However, DetroitLions.com Senior Writer Tim Twentyman said this should not hamstring the team’s efforts to be active in free agency. With less cap space last year entering free agency than they have this year, Twentyman writes that Detroit was still able to land Reggie Bush, Glover Quin and Jason Jones on free agency’s opening day.
“The fact we won’t have an extension done with Ndamukong before free agency begins doesn’t affect that plan one bit,” Lions team president Tom Lewand said. “It doesn’t affect our valuation of the free agents, it doesn’t affect what our projection of our cap situation is going forward, and it doesn’t affect how we project eventually working an extension with Ndamukong out at some point in time.”
Twentyman doesn’t expect a re-done deal by the start of free agency, despite Suh’s recent signing of CAA Sports agent Jimmy Sexton.
More notes from the second day of the legal tampering period…
- Dave George of the Palm Beach Post implores the Dolphins, who ranked No. 26 in the league in scoring last year, to sign return specialist Devin Hester.
- With about $24MM in cap room, philly.com’s Zach Berman expects the Eagles to bolster their defense in free agency.
- As cornerback Antonio Cromartie approaches 30, the Jets interest in Alterraun Verner shows that the team is exploring other options, said New York Post’s Brian Costello.
- Free safety, receiver, tight end and cornerback are the positions the Chiefs could target when free agency opens on Tuesday, writes The Kansas City Star’s Terez A. Paylor.
- The NFL is a young man’s game, with players 30 and over finding it more difficult to maintain a roster spot, reports The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin.