Friday, March 7, 2014
Suh hiring Sexton means money is coming
By Michael Rothstein
Ndamukong Suh's contract negotiations just became a whole lot more complicated for the Detroit Lions.
In hiring Jimmy Sexton, perhaps the best agent in the business and one who routinely nabs major deals for the head coaches he represents, the defensive tackle has shown he is not messing around in his plans for a new deal and wants to get every dollar possible.
That is exactly what he should be doing.
There was some surprise and intrigue throughout his search for a new agent after he fired Relativity Sports in January, including some speculation that he would go with an inexperienced agent (Kim Miale from Roc Nation Sports) or possibly even represent himself.
Such a move would have been risky and could have meant leaving massive amounts of money on the table. Instead, he has made a decision to go with one of the safest and most lucrative options out there: Sexton.
Sexton represents former Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz, Alabama's Nick Saban and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow. In other words, the man knows how to deal and what to say to get the absolute best for his client almost every single time.
Sexton's roster also includes Auburn's Gus Malzahn, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and UCLA's Jim Mora.
"He has a unique way of negotiating things for you without ever causing any roadkill," Saban told Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated for a profile of Sexton in January. "Any time one of these things happens, where I'm staying here, everyone over there is upset because of what happened. That's an art in and of itself."
Make sure to read that profile of Sexton, because it'll give a good idea of what Detroit is about to encounter again.
For Suh, this will likely mean his deal is going to be massive and should at least rival the $55 million extension Cincinnati gave Geno Atkins in September. If the Lions were smart, they would try to get the deal done as soon as possible. If Tampa Bay's Gerald McCoy gets an extension done before Suh and it is lucrative, it could drive the defensive tackle's asking amount even higher.