Saturday, July 31, 2010
BBAO: Bradford impact on Suh, Lions
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Friday night's agreement between the St. Louis Rams and quarterback Sam Bradford sets some parameters for the Detroit Lions' negotiations with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. And here an interesting question: After Bradford received $50 million guaranteed, will the Lions now have to pay Suh -- the No. 2 overall pick of the draft -- more than they paid quarterback Matthew Stafford when they made him the No. 1 overall pick last season?
Remember, Stafford received $41.7 million in a deal that broke new ground for rookie contracts. Bradford raised that total by almost 17 percent. On the other side of the bracket, the Washington Redskins gave offensive tackle Trent Williams -- the No. 4 overall pick -- $36.75 million in guarantees.
So will those figures push Suh past $41.7 million in guarantees? It's an interesting question from a league perspective as we watch contracts for top-drafted players continue to spiral out of control. Suh, meanwhile, appears set to miss the Lions' opening practice of training camp later Saturday. We'll keep you updated.
Continuing around the NFC North on a rainy morning from Bourbonnais, Ill.: