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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
BBAO: The timing of Suh's negotiations

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

As we push through the final week of the offseason, one of the biggest news stories in the NFC North will be when -- and for how much -- the Detroit Lions sign No. 2 overall draft pick Ndamukong Suh.

Lions players report to training camp Friday and will have their first practice Saturday. This year might be the last financial bonanza for NFL rookies before a tighter rookie cap is put in place in the next collective bargaining agreement, placing additional pressure on negotiations around the league. But as John Niyo of the Detroit News points out, the Lions have typically gotten rookies signed on time over the past decade.

Niyo suggests, and I agree, that it's likely Suh will wait for the St. Louis Rams to sign No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford before committing to a contract of his own. So the question becomes how fast the Rams move, and if the eventual conclusion of their negotiations will leave Suh and the Lions enough time to establish his specific market value and complete a deal before Saturday's first practice.

Stay tuned.

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