Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew expressed confidence recently that the team would work out a new contract extension with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. It's just unclear who Mayhew will negotiate the deal with.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has one surprising option: Suh.
Two sources who have spoken to Suh say that he's seriously considering negotiating his own contract. The two-time All-Pro recently fired his previous agents. The Lions are said to not be proponents of this idea.
Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard recently negotiated his two-year contract, but that was a low-cost, short-term deal. Tedy Bruschi once was his own agent with the New England Patriots, and the team essentially took him to the cleaners.
Suh would potentially be in line to be the highest-paid defensive lineman in football. There is a lot that goes into a contract that big and he may never again have a chance to cash in quite like this. Representing himself in a negotiation this massive jumps over the line from confident to costly. There's a reason why players stopped working out their own contracts more than a generation ago. Teams kept taking advantage of them.