So what is the team to do with its star defensive tackle? Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp has one suggestion: Send him packing.
“The smart move is trading him for draft picks that could help extricate them from salary-cap purgatory,” Sharp wrote Tuesday.
“It’s not that Suh is a malcontent troublemaker as one national report suggested. It simply doesn’t make fiscal sense when there remain so many potholes on the defensive side of the ball.”
Sharp goes on to cite the Lions’ dire salary cap situation, and how more than $51 million is devoted to quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiver Calvin Johnson, and Suh. He also brings up the Seahawks’ recent blueprint, which is sign inexpensive players and hope to hit paydirt with middle-to-late-round draft picks.
“The Seattle formula is why the Lions shouldn’t sign Ndamukong Suh to an extension,” Sharp wrote.
Nice strawman argument, Drew. Just because Seattle found a way to successfully build their roster doesn’t mean you trade away franchise building blocks like Suh. It’s an incredibly shortsighted way of thinking. But, hey, anything to get a few clicks, right?