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Suh looking for more guaranteed than Stafford?

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07:23 AM ET 08.02 | According to Eugene Parker, who along with Roosevelt Barnes has some experience with holdouts, Ndamukong Suh is not looking for more guaranteed money than Sam Bradford, but he may want more than Matthew Stafford. If Suh's guaranteed money fell exactly between Bradford and Gerald McCoy's, it would be $42.5 million. That would be more than what the Lions paid Stafford, and, according to a person familiar with the negotiations, the team is concerned about paying Suh more than their franchise quarterback. ... The Lions' last lengthy holdout was cornerback Bryant Westbrook, who held out 27 days in 1997. Parker and Barnes were Westbrook's agents.

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Ndamukong Suh, AP Ndamukong Suh, AP
August 2, 2010  07:52 AM ET

Drew Stafford?? Didn't they make this same mistake last week?

August 2, 2010  07:54 AM ET

whose drew stafford yo?...geez make up your mind either more money than Matthew Stafford or Drew Stanton

August 2, 2010  08:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

whose drew stafford yo?...geez make up your mind either more money than Matthew Stafford or Drew Stanton

Drew Stafford only made $1.5M with the Sabres last year. I think it's safe to assume that Suh will exceed that.

August 2, 2010  08:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Drew Stafford?? Didn't they make this same mistake last week?

I seem to remember the same mistake last week.

August 2, 2010  08:25 AM ET

No wonder the Lions are in trouble. They're paying some guy named Drew Stafford a whole lot of money.

August 2, 2010  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

No wonder the Lions are in trouble. They're paying some guy named Drew Stafford a whole lot of money.

Can you imagine the look on that guy's face when he receives a check from the Lions? "Hey, what the . . . ?"

August 2, 2010  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Can you imagine the look on that guy's face when he receives a check from the Lions? "Hey, what the . . . ?"

'Specially when he sees all of those digits before the decimal point.

Not quite what he was promised when he signed that NHL contract.

August 2, 2010  08:56 AM ET

Watchin Suh play at Nebraska (I hate Nebraska) the dude was a straight beast and he is gonna be a star in this league.

August 2, 2010  09:15 AM ET

It's going to be tough to restore the roar without Suh, but they can't give him that sort of deal.

August 2, 2010  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Watchin Suh play at Nebraska (I hate Nebraska) the dude was a straight beast and he is gonna be a star in this league.

Big Daddy Dan Wilkinson agrees with you.

August 2, 2010  10:04 AM ET

About the only thing the Lions have done well recently is avoid lengthy holdouts from their top picks. No time to start that now. Sign Suh and get him in camp ASAP.

August 2, 2010  10:08 AM ET
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About the only thing the Lions have done well recently is avoid lengthy holdouts from their top picks. No time to start that now. Sign Suh and get him in camp ASAP.

Yeah i agree get him signed NOW!!!

August 2, 2010  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

About the only thing the Lions have done well recently is avoid lengthy holdouts from their top picks. No time to start that now. Sign Suh and get him in camp ASAP.

Just give him $80 MILLION if thats what he wants. Who cares if he ends up being another bust? Just raise the ticket prices on the Lions fans since thie economy is booming.

August 2, 2010  10:46 AM ET
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Just give him $80 MILLION if thats what he wants. Who cares if he ends up being another bust? Just raise the ticket prices on the Lions fans since thie economy is booming.

That's right. "Just get him signed". Don't worry about the guys who've done it already or what headaches 'just getting him signed' will create with next year's bunch of unproven princesses. Just give him 50 mil in guaranteed cash for having a charming smile, weighing 325 lbs and pushing around smaller kids for two years. How can you go wrong?

August 2, 2010  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Just give him $80 MILLION if thats what he wants. Who cares if he ends up being another bust? Just raise the ticket prices on the Lions fans since thie economy is booming.

That comes out to about $267,000 a pound. That is some expensive beef.

August 2, 2010  11:05 AM ET

More proof that the NFL needs a Rookie Salary Cap system. It does not need to be as extreme as the NHL's $850k, but cap it as $2 million for 1st round. This would allow teams to toss more money towards established players and see if these boys are worthy of real money.

August 2, 2010  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

That's right. "Just get him signed". Don't worry about the guys who've done it already or what headaches 'just getting him signed' will create with next year's bunch of unproven princesses. Just give him 50 mil in guaranteed cash for having a charming smile, weighing 325 lbs and pushing around smaller kids for two years. How can you go wrong?

Thats exactly what I think. Who cares if next years top pick wants 120 million? Just cut your proven starts to make room for the rookies. Then raise ticket prices like the Yankees did and the money problems are solved.

August 2, 2010  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

About the only thing the Lions have done well recently is avoid lengthy holdouts from their top picks. No time to start that now. Sign Suh and get him in camp ASAP.

I have to disagree. They managed to dump Roy Williams for a nice price. They accomplished the "Jones Snooker". Well played Lions. LOL!!!

August 2, 2010  11:32 AM ET

Pay him what he wants. The only precedent the Lions should be worried about is that they have the worst defense in history. I got 5 on it

 
August 2, 2010  11:32 AM ET

Now, I'm not one of these "You're playing a game so be happy with what they give you" guys, but there is one thing I don't understand...

95% of these rookies come from either the ghetto, the wheatfields, or the forests of the South Pacific. In short, they have neither pot nor window to borrow from an old saying. Don't lay down for 'the man', I get that. But growing up in Crenshaw or some coal town in WV, you're going to turn up your nose at 20 mil because you want 25? One game check for this guy is more than everyone in his hometown will see in their lives. Shouldn't there be some sense of coming from nothing, so grab that 10 mil even if its not the 15 I wanted?

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