Ndamukong Suh is making his agent earn his money. Literally.
Suh, a soon-to-be free agent, told reporters on Wednesday that Jimmy Sexton will choose where he plays next season.
“It’ll be Jimmy’s decision, so we’ll go with that,” Suh said, per the Detroit Free Press. “You can call Jimmy if you want to.”
Asked if that meant Sexton would ultimately pick his next team, the Lions defensive tackle said, “Probably will. Yup.”
Suh, one of the best in the business, is expected to command a mammoth contract that may make him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player.
But, with the Lions currently in the thick of the playoff chase, he’s not focusing on his future payday.
“I don’t think about things like that,” Suh said. “I think, most important, we’ve got to go out there and get a win and kind of go from there.”
The No. 2 overall pick in 2010, Suh has recorded 33 career sacks, developing into a nearly unblockable force. Although he’s developed a not-so-endearing reputation among his peers, Suh has the respect of coaches around the league.
“I think he’s one of the best of all time,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Suh, realizing his image needs a bit of rehabbing, is saying all the right things.
“Tell him I said thank you,” he said of Zimmer. “But I’ve got a long way in my career to go. I think I have an opportunity to play at a high level and maybe be seen as an elite player in this league, but I’m very young and still got a lot of things to learn, and that’s my focus.”
In a few months, his focus will be on the dollar signs.