Lions won't use franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh-- Mon Mar 2 10:10 am --
Would cost the Lions $27 million this season
The Detroit Lions will not use the franchise tag on all-pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the team announced this morning, paving the way for him to become an unrestricted free agent if a long-term deal with the team is not reached by 4 p.m. next Tuesday.(Detroit Free Press)
FF Today's Take:This has been the conventional wisdom as tagging Suh would cost the Lions $27 million this season - a gigantic number that would handcuff the team in free agency. With Suh clogging up the middle, the Lions had the No.1 ranked rush defense last season. The Raiders, Jaguars and Colts have all been rumored to be interested in the veteran defensive tackle.
Ndamukong Suh suspended for one game-- Mon Dec 29 4:05 pm --
Stepped on Aaron Rodgers' injured leg in Week 17
The Detroit Lions and Ndamukong Suh have been informed that the defensive tackle will be suspended for this weekend's wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. Suh's punishment comes a day after he stepped on the leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Suh "unnecessarily stepped on [the] opponent's unprotected leg as he lay on the ground unable to protect himself," according to a statement released by the NFL.
Suh is appealing the suspension and his appeal will be heard by Ted Cottrell.(ESPN)
FF Today's Take:If the suspension sticks, it could very well be a sad end to one of the league's most dominant interior players and his time in Detroit. The Week 17 "misstep" is the latest in a long line of dirty plays by the impending free agent, who figures to break the bank in the offseason regardless. Without Suh, Detroit would likely be down its top two defensive tackles - Nick Fairley hurt his knee in Week 6 and hasn't returned - against the Cowboys, who run the ball as well as any team in the league.