Word has gotten out that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has parted ways with his former agency, Relativity Sports. After three years of being represented by agent Roosevelt Barnes, Suh gave Relativity the boot on Thursday. This comes at a crucial time in Suh’s career, as he is preparing to negotiate a contract extension with the Lions as he heads into his fifth year.
Both sides have shown mutual interest in a long-term deal. According to some reports, Lions President Tom Lewand and GM Martin Mayhew hope to have a deal done soon so that the team will have more flexibility heading into the free agency period, which begins March 11th.
Being that he is one of the best defensive tackles in the game, Suh has plenty of leverage in terms of negotiations. If he is looking for a comparable salary, he can look at what Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins received. Atkins, who is regarded as one of the league’s top defensive tackles, signed a five-year, $55 million contract extension before the start of the 2013 season. He missed the team’s final seven games after tearing his ACL in Week 9.
According to NFL rules, Suh is not allowed to sign with another agency for five days. Speculation has it that rap artist Jay-Z is at the top of Suh’s wish list. According to Jason La Canfora, an NFL insider for CBSSports.com, it would be surprising if Suh didn’t choose Roc Nation Sports, which is the name of the rapper’s agency.
Would not be surprised in the least if Ndamukong Suh picks Jay-Z as his new agent. In fact, anything other than that would be a big surprise
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 24, 2014
Roc Nation’s clients include MLB players CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano, as well as NBA superstar Kevin Durant. Other clients include New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz and WNBA superstar Skylar Diggins.