Yes, the rumors have already surfaced regarding the possible trade of Detroit Lions‘ defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. The Pro Bowler has been involved in multiple rumors regarding a departure from the Lions and it has even been announced that he would be teaming up with Jay-Z and Roc Nation in order to get some sort of contract worked out.
In case you don’t know this, Jay-Z has the ability to get athletes a ton of money in their contract discussions — just like he did with Robinson Cano who signed with the Seattle Mariners for over $200 million.
The Lions, however, would be foolish to let Suh go. If the Lions’ front office is even contemplating the idea of trading their superstar defensive tackle, they would be — I don’t know how to put this lightly — stupid.
For a franchise that has had no success in the past 50-plus years and has never won a Super Bowl, losing a key defensive piece that could help them get there would be the wrong decision. Sure, they could get a lot in return for a trade, but unless they are getting a top-five draft pick in this year’s draft to pick Jadeveon Clowney, it’s not worth it — even then it would be a mistake.
Reports are surfacing that the team is shopping around to see what they can get for him, but in my opinion, he’s not going anywhere. His contract is set to be up in 2015, but the Lions know they will have to pay the big bucks to keep him on board.
It might exceed any type of spending they’d really like — or need — to allot, but they must get a deal done and not trade Suh.
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