Ndamukong Suh Wins In Business Of Football Again
Now, entering his 10th NFL season at the age of 32, Suh will likely not be remembered as an all-time great player. Suh, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, was very good for several years and he is still productive, but it may be a stretch to describe Suh as a sure-fire Pro Football Hall of Fame selection.
While Suh has been good on the field in the NFL, he has been a genius in the business side of the game. According to several reports, Suh – who counts Warren Buffett as his mentor — is close to signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Financial terms have yet to be disclosed. However, it is important to point out that the Buccaneers parted ways with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who they took one pick after the Lions’ tabbed Suh in the 2010 draft, Tuesday. McCoy was due to make $13 million this season.
Clearly, the Buccaneers believe Suh is worth more than McCoy at this point.
As former Green Bay Packers’ salary-cap guru and current NFL business insider Andrew Brandt point out, Suh is about to add to his financial windfall. Brandt noted that Suh has made $139 million in the NFL. It’s the most of any defensive player in NFL history. Brandt said Suh is only behind Arizona Cardinals’ superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for career money earned for all non-quarterbacks. Brandt noted that Fitzgerald, a sure Hall of Famer, has made $163 million.
Suh was likely the best, and certainly, the most well-known player remaining in free agency. Finances clearly played a role in his long wait in free agency.
Suh waited for the best deal. Because he had made so much in his career, Suh could afford to be choosy and wait for the best deal. The deadline passed earlier this month for teams to be penalized as part of the 2020 compensatory draft pick system for signing players. So, Tampa Bay will not lose any potential draft picks for Suh. Many players don’t want to wait for that deadline to pass.
In attendance at the French Open, Suh talked to Tennis Channel, and he said he thinks he can be part of a change in the culture in Tampa.
“I’m very excited,” Suh said. “I actually had the opportunity to talk very deeply with coach Todd Bowles, as well as Bruce Arians, two elite coaches that I’ve had great interactions with in years past. I like being part of things you can build, and be able to put them over the top. Hopefully my talent, as well as all the other guys — former Nebraskans, Lavonte David — we can play together and change the game there, and get us to a winning situation.”
Suh was in a winning situation last season, playing in the Super Bowl with the Rams. The Buccaneers have an uphill climb to get back to the postseason, but they’re hoping Suh is a part of getting them there.
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The Bucs made a splash in the offseason after all, signing veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal on Thursday. Social media was, predictably, ablaze with reaction to the move. The Bucs needed help along their defensive line with the departure of Gerald McCoy and news that pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul will miss significant time with a neck injury.
As a result, they went after Suh, who was an unrestricted free agent after making it to the Super Bowl last year with the Los Angeles Rams. Suh is notorious for the attitude and toughness he brings to teams and there were quite a few fans who were plenty happy to hear the news he is now a Buccaneer.
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As a college senior, Suh became one of the most decorated players in college football history. He won numerous awards including the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award, and Outland Trophy, and was recognized as a unanimous All-American.
Suh is recognized as one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. In 2015, Suh was named the 24th best player in the NFL, while being the sixth highest ranked defensive player. He has won numerous awards and accolades, having been named the Defensive Rookie of the Year, while being selected to four Pro Bowls in his first five seasons, and having been named an All Pro six times. Four times to the All Pro First team, including his rookie year, and twice to the All Pro Second team. In 2015, Suh became the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, having signed a six-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, worth in excess of $114 million, with nearly $60 million fully guaranteed; he was released after just three seasons. However, Suh has been criticized for his aggressive style of play and lack of sportsmanship. He has been fined eight times through 2014 for a total of $255,375 by the NFL, with seven for player-safety violations, and suspended once (for two games), resulting in the loss of an additional $165,294 in pay.
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The Miami Dolphins signed Suh to a six-year, $114.3 million contract in March after Suh spent five years with the Detroit Lions. With a $25 million signing bonus and $59.9 million guaranteed, the defensive end is now the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. Suh is often mired in controversy, setting a record for personal fouls with nine in his first two years in the league. Despite paying over $200,000 in fines, the Dolphins are more interested in Suh’s high level of play and four Pro Bowl selections.