We have decline Nick Fairley's fifth year option, Suh is currently in line to be a FA in 2015, so at the moment we have neither of our starting DTs next year. That would leave us with a major hole at DT next year and could force our hand in spending money next year or using valuable draft picks. Suh has left a trail of negative signs-indicating that we will lose him:
Firing his agent a month away from free agency. Hiring a new agent a week before free agency. His agent did not show up to meeting with Tom Lewand. Failing to restructure or re-sign pre-free agency Hogging $22m in cap room, when there was a deep FA market for CB, O-Line, Edge Rushers, Safeties and Kickers. Barely trying to get a new contract. Not showing up to the voluntary workouts.
Comment what you think he will do
The main things that annoy me are the fact that he never re signed or freed up cap space for free agency.
Now, let's take a look at the pro and cons of keeping him or letting him walk:
Keeping Him - Pros
Stability at DT for years, potential restructure or pay cut, getting sacks against Chicago, carrying savings into next year
Keeping Him - Cons
Paying him too much guaranteed money, overpaying, paying him the same amount as we would have with a restructure
Letting him walk - Pros
Having an additional $22M in cap space next year, which is a huge FA class, not having a potentially disgruntled player
Letting him walk - Cons
Signing with an NFC North rival, losing him for nothing, no starting DTs
In conclusion what we should do is pretty straight forward - we should resign Ndamukong Suh and take the savings into next year and structuring his contract with it spiking at the back end of the deal (since we have no contracts there) or keeping his contract for this year and paying him next for his future contract (better).
(Basically Pay him this year, sign him 5/$50M instead of 5/$60M)
On the contrary, Suh has not left promising signs for us.