Suh Set Free by Detroit
The Lions will not place the franchise tag on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, allowing the fierce defender to hit the free agent market.
For a franchise not known for making wise decisions, this may turn out to be one of their best yet–at least financially. In order to lock down Suh for the 2015 season Detroit would have had to cough up $26.9M with no guarantee that a long term deal was imminent. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was non-committal last month when it was reported Suh wanted to become the NFL’s highest paid defensive player. Instead the GM took a long, hard look at the contracts of both J.J. Watt and Gerald McCoy to provide “useful information” for the Lions during negotiations.
“Those guys are both great defensive linemen in the NFL, so I think the more information, the better,” Mayhew said. “I know Ndamukong is obviously a very competitive guy. Gerald McCoy is a guy who was taken directly behind him in the same year. So I think that’s something, that when that deal gets done, that’s a valuable piece of information for us in terms of the structure of that deal, the length of that deal, obviously how much money, obviously all those things are helpful pieces of information.”
Broncos Use Franchise Tag on Demaryius Thomas
The impending decision by Peyton Manning will no doubt be aided by the fact that Denver’s leading receiver, Demaryius Thomas, will be wearing Orange and Blue next season. The Broncos followed the Cowboys lead by placing the franchise tag on an elite pass-catching talent and bought some time to work on a long term deal. The franchise tag will cost Denver a tick under $12.8M but as was the case in Dallas–it was a move that had to be made.
By placing the franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas, it is also a sure sign the team will not attempt to re-sign tight end Julius Thomas. Since Peyton Manning became a member of the Broncos in 2012 Demaryius Thomas has registered 297 receptions for 4483 yards and 35 TDs, only Detroit’s Calvin Johnson has more receptions and yards during that time.
Chiefs Tag Houston
The Kansas City Chiefs will continue to put pressure on opposing QBs with Justin Houston after sources confirmed the team will place the franchise tag on the very talented outside linebacker. Houston will be paid the average of the top five salaries at his position, which is expected to be around $13M.
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