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Lions say they will not place franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh

Lions say they will not place franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh

Just because the Detroit Lions opted not to place the franchise tag on defensive game-changer Ndamukong Suh by Monday’s deadline doesn’t mean they don’t want him back in Motown. But now they could face competition for Suh’s services if they don’t reach a long-term agreement by the start of free agency March 10.635608870845237522-NDAMUKONG-SUH

The franchise tag would have cost the Lions a prohibitive $26.9 million for 2015 if the sides couldn’t have worked out the long-term deal the three-time all-pro seeks as the highest-paid defensive lineman. Suh, 28, has gotten better every season and is just entering his young prime. But the Lions had just $18.4 million under the projected $143 million salary cap to spend and Suh would have tied up a whopping 20% of their cap.

They’ll continue to talk to Suh’s, agent Jimmy Sexton, on reaching a long-term deal likely exceeding the six-year, $100 million deal — including $51.8 million guaranteed — Houston Texans two-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt’s received in September. The Lions will have until March 10 to lock up Suh, the second overall pick of the 2010 draft, or else risk losing him to a team with more cap space come free agency. They tabled talks in July when an agreement couldn’t be reached.

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