Ndamukong Suh claims he still wants to be in Detroit; his actions speak otherwise. Suh continues his sluggish ways, dancing around the idea of receiving a big payday. The Lions want to sign Suh, having made it known. The defensive tackle hasn’t even started his negotiations. Suh and his ways are quickly growing old.
Suh has all the resources, support, and time to get his deal done. If he wanted a deal, he could have gotten one done a while ago. It’s ridiculous how the Lions are so cap-strapped, struggling to sign other players to help the team — which is the most important thing — and Suh still continues to stroll around the park and enjoy the scenery with no urgency. It’s time to turn the page on this chapter, which will benefit the Lions in numerous ways.
Football is a team game. Plenty of nice safeties were available, which was wonderful for the Lions, considering their secondary has been atrocious. Had Suh restructured his deal, it may have been possible to sign one of them and enhance the backfield. But no, Suh was firing his agent, contemplating self-representation, and eventually signed an agent right before the dawn of free agency. That’s utter selfishness, putting the team on the back burner, being concerned with only himself.
Suh is a very talented player, but isn’t as big of a force as people might assume. The Lions get thrown on a lot, considering they have a terrible secondary. Throughout 2013, Suh had just 11 hurries in 16 games. Fellow rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah matched that having played two games less. Where was Suh and his fierce play when the Lions blew six fourth-quarter leads? Where was a big stop in the horrendous eight-game losing streak during 2012 where Detroit’s defense squandered? Has anyone forgotten how the Philadelphia Eagles ran the ball right down Suh’s throat, even on a field snowier than the North Pole, rushing for over 200 yards? Keep in mind where Suh was near the end of games like the game against the Baltimore Ravens, where they converted a third-and-15, assisting a game-winning field goal. Keep in mind the Lions ranked in the bottom of the lists for sacks over the past few years; Suh’s done nothing to really help that.
Then the arrogant penalties of the tackle are even more frustrating. He’s racked up numerous fines, and has even taken away scoring plays from teammates, like the first game of the season in which he illegally blocked a Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman, wiping out linebacker DeAndre Levy‘s touchdown run. Acts like that are unnecessary. Acts like that hurt the team — just like his selfishness of not signing a deal has done.
Detroit needs to wash their hands of Suh. Detroit needs more team players, and he’s not it. It’d be much better for the Lions to trade him, receive some nice draft picks, and enhance their team with much more quality talent instead of just one player who chooses when to play hard, when he’s going to do whatever he pleases, and when he doesn’t want to be a leader.
“Let Suh play out his contract! Get the final year out of him!” What’s the point? If Suh feels he needs more money than what the Lions can offer — though he’s not worthy of an overly huge contract because he doesn’t come through when needed most and isn’t a team player — then fine, go on. Get paid. Just be honest and let the Lions know. It’d be a blindside to Caldwell and his new staff to scheme around one of their more talented players, only to have the him gone the next season and the rug snatched from under their feet. They deserve to have consistency, helping them plan ahead and scheme accordingly.
Bottom line: trade him. Get better draft picks to acquire more talent to plant in the roster. Let Caldwell and his staff know what they’re given so they can scheme properly. Don’t tie up mammoth amounts of cash to a guy who barely comes through when opposing offenses are leading game-winning drives, and who’s selfish. If he’s as worthy and as hard-working as people claim, the Lions’ defense would be different; they’d have more sacks, hurries, and would be blowing less games in the fourth quarter. Suh lacks work ethic, care, and leadership. It’s time for Detroit to let go of players like that and bring in ones who do care.