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Thursday
Mar122015

Dolphins Introduce Ndamukong Suh

NFL via Getty Images(DAVIE, Fla.) -- The Miami Dolphins introduced their new defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on Wednesday.

Suh signed a six-year $114 million contract, which makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

"I'm excited about the pressure. I don't necessarily look at it as pressure," Suh said. "I'm looking at it as doing something I'm built for."

After being drafted with the No. 2 pick in 2010, the Detroit Lions declined the franchise tag on Suh, which allowed him to become a free agent.

"For me, I had a great time in Detroit," Suh said. "I think the fans are absolutely exquisite to me, especially the people in the organization the last five years. For me, it was nothing short of being amazing. I have a lot of long-lasting relationships that I have in Detroit and I will always have those people. I really enjoyed that time there."

Suh has led all defensive tackles in sacks (36), disruptive plays (50 percent) and total snaps (4,107).

"To get a player of Ndamukong's stature says a lot about our organization,'' director of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. "The fact he chose us speaks volumes about our organization, our chance to win and the foundation that has been laid here."


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Wednesday
Mar112015

Lions Acquire NT Haloti Ngata from Ravens

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After losing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins, the Detroit Lions struck back by trading with the Baltimore Ravens for Haloti Ngata.

According to ESPN, the Ravens will receive 2015 fourth and fifth-round picks as well as a seventh round selection in exchange for Ngata.

The 31-year-old is in the final season of his contract and will be an $8.5 million cap hit.

Ngata has played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Ravens. During that time, he has compiled 449 tackles, 25.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and five interceptions.

"Haloti is a great player but an even better person," Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said. "He has been an anchor of our success for many years. We appreciate everything he has done for our organization and the Baltimore community. We wish he and his family nothing but the best."


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Sunday
Mar082015

ESPN: Ndamukong Suh to Sign with Dolphins

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen, Ndamukong Suh will sign with the Miami Dolphins after the new league year officially begins on Tuesday.  The Dolphins are expected to offer Suh a contract worth approximately $114 million with $60 million in guaranteed money.

Suh's former team, the Detroit Lions were among other teams making proposals to Suh, however, the Dolphins showed they were the team most interested in the defensive tackle.

Suh will get $60 million in the first three years of his contract. He is expected to make an average of $19 million per year over the six year span, according to ESPN.


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Friday
Jan022015

Cowboys Excited to Host Lions in First Playoff Game Since 2010

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Cowboys are thrilled to be hosting their first playoff game since Jan. 9, 2010 after they beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card round.

Dallas will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday and quarterback Tony Romo knows it won't be easy going up against Lions defense.

"They're outstanding," Romo said of the Lions defense.  "They're going to be as good a test as we're going to have all season." 

Romo has faith that his offensive line will do their best to keep defensive end Ndamukong Suh, who had his one-game suspension cleared just in time for the match up, and the rest of the Lions swarming defense at ease.

"The game in a lot of ways may come down to that matchup up front," Romo continued. "I think it'll be a great test for our guys and I think they're up for the challenge."

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has been one of the reasons that Dallas is in the playoffs after rushing for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

"Feels good to be here," Murray said of making the playoffs. "We've got a big challenge coming up with the Detroit Lions; a good team, very well coached team, and a physical team that can definitely score some points offensively. We're excited about the challenge."

 

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Wednesday
Dec312014

Suh Wins Appeal, Will Play Against Dallas

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A day after being suspended for Detroit's upcoming wild card game against Dallas, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh won his appeal and will play in the teams playoff game on Sunday.

The decision, handed down by appeals officer Ted Cottrell, came on Tuesday but also carried with it some bad news.

Suh was fined $70,000 for stepping on the injured leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's regular season finale. Cottrell agreed with league official Merton Hanks that Suh violated the player-safety policy but opted to reduce the penalty instead of uphold it.

"The only thing I can say is if you step on something in your everyday life or if you step on somebody on the field, the first reaction seems to be looking back and maybe apologizing with your hands or maybe pulling your foot back right away, and I'm just not sure that's what happened on Sunday," Rodgers said Tuesday.

The four-time Pro Bowler may also have a new guideline to thank for his ability to compete in the postseason. Due to a modified repeat offender policy, players are taken off the "repeat offender" list 32 weeks after their previous violation. For Suh, that came in Week 1 of 2013 when he was fined $100,000 for an illegal chop block on Minnesota Vikings player John Sullivan. The 32-week reprieve game after Week 16, and included two preseason games.

In his five seasons, Suh has been penalized 38 times, more than any other player in the NFL since 2010, and has also been fined in excess of $200,000.

The Lions visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the NFC's wild card round. It is the first postseason appearance by Detroit since 2011.


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Tuesday
Dec302014

Ndamukong Suh Suspended for Playoff Game

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been suspended for Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Suh received the suspension for stepping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' left leg in the fourth quarter of the team's game last Sunday.

"With Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the ground in a defenseless posture, Suh backed up and stepped on Rodgers’ left leg with his right foot," the NFL said in a statement. "He then stepped on Rodgers’ left leg again, this time with his left foot, applying pressure and unnecessarily pushing off
Rodgers’ unprotected leg with his left foot, violating playing rules prohibiting unnecessary roughness."

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks is the person who ultimately suspended Suh.

“You did not respond in the manner of someone who had lost his balance and accidentally contacted another player who was lying on the ground. This illegal contact, specifically the second step and push off with your left foot, clearly could have been avoided.” Hanks said in a note to Suh. “You unnecessarily stepped on your opponent’s unprotected leg as he lay on the ground unable to protect himself."

Suh will appeal the suspension.

Suh has a track record for getting in trouble. He was suspended in 2011 for two games after stomping on the arm of Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. He's also been fined for hits on quarterbacks Andy Dalton, Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub, Jake Delhomme, and Brandon Weeden.

Suh has played in all 16 games for Detroit this season. During that time, he has 51 tackles and 8.5 sacks.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

ESPN: Lions' Fairley Out 4-5 Weeks

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- After a scary collision with teammate Ndamokung Suh, Nick Fairley's season appeared to be over.

The young defensive tackle's knee bent awkwardly as he attempted to make a tackle against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and needed assistance off the field.

According to a report from ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright, Fairley has a sprained MCL and PCL in his knee and will be out four to five weeks - much less than what was feared.

The young nose tackle has been an integral part of the improved Lions defense this season. The Lions are holding opponents to less than 300 yards per game.

As for Fairley, the Lions declined a team option that would have kept him under contract through 2015.  He would have been set to enter free agency this coming offseason and a severe knee injury would have hurt his market.

 


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Thursday
Sep252014

Rex Ryan Compares Lions' Suh to Warren Sapp

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- The New York Jets will take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday and head coach Rex Ryan is well aware of Pro Bowl defensive end Ndamukong Suh.

"Suh is probably the version now of Warren Sapp," Ryan said on a conference call with Detroit media Wednesday. "He's probably as close to Warren Sapp as I've seen."

"[Sapp's] a Hall of Famer. Again, it doesn't get much higher than that," Ryan continued. "This kid [Suh] is fun to watch. He's got an excellent motor, and he's got skills. He has unusual balance. He's not off his feet, he's able to play with power, he's able to play with finesse, and it's just a rare combination. He's a guy that's obviously a difference-maker."

Suh is playing in the final season of his rookie contract and respects the praises that Ryan gave him.

Suh said he's honored to be compared to Sapp as he was a "dominant player. [He] obviously did a great job [and] kind of revolutionized the 3-technique, as you kind of say. But [he's] just a solid player."

The Lions are 2-1 this season and the Jets are hoping to avoid a 1-3 start to the year.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Lions Table Ndamukong Suh Contract Talks 

NFL via Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) --  The Detroit Lions have announced that they will table contract discussions with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.

"I think it's the right thing for us to do," Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday. "It's the right thing for the team. It's the right thing for everybody involved and it allows us to keep the focus where it belongs."

"We have a high degree of confidence that we can work out something that will be mutually satisfactory at the right time and the goal hasn't changed in the least," he added.

This year marks the last year of Suh's five-year rookie contract. Suh will have a cap number of $22.5 million this season.  The goal remains to ink the 27-year-old to a long-term deal after the season.

The Lions drafted Suh with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NFL draft.


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Saturday
Oct192013

Bengals Ready for Ndamukong Suh

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions (4-2) on Sunday.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton enjoys going up against the best and knows that Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh will be gunning for him all game long.

"(Suh's) a good player, he's an aggressive guy, he's a disruptive guy," said Dalton, who has passed for 1552 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season.  "You got to find ways to slow him down.  We know where he's going to be, it's a big challenge for us."

The Lions are 2-0 this season and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has prepared his team all week for a great defense.

"Very well stocked, good hard playing guys up front, they make their defense go," Lewis said.  "We have our work cut out for us in all three phases."

Suh was asked how he'll find a way to get to Dalton.

"He does get rid of the ball and he's a guy that manages their game really well," Suh said of Dalton.  "I think it's going to be a challenge for us as it has in the previous games this year."

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