Could Suh get more dough than Stafford?
Eventually, contracts for first-round draft picks will begin to fall like dominos. But we haven’t gotten there yet and Dez Bryant’s deal Thursday night with the Dallas Cowboys is the first for a first-rounder.
At the top of the round, don’t be surprised if the players, make that the agents, wait to see what Sam Bradford pulls down from the St. Louis Rams. It’s expected Bradford will be in camp on time for the Rams, but until a deal gets done for him, there might not be more action.
Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News points out that negotiations for Ndamukong Suh, the second pick in the draft, aren’t likely to get rolling until Bradford is signed, sealed and delivered in St. Louis. Roosevelt Barnes, who is representing the defensive tackle, said Suh’s deal has nothing to do with Bradford, but it only makes sense for him to see what the No. 1 pick gets unless he’s overwhelmed by an offer from the Lions. It’s feasible Suh will command more than the $41.75 million guaranteed that Matthew Stafford received from the Lions last year as the No. 1 pick, especially if Bradford commands close to $50 million as some have suggested is possible.
Surely the Lions don’t want to pay Suh more than their franchise quarterback, but that might be the price of doing business at the very top of the draft, a place the Lions have resided for far too long. Detroit has another first-round pick to reel in also as running back Jahvid Best was the 30th overall pick. Stay tuned.
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