Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh may have a deal in place with the Miami Dolphins, but nothing can be made official until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. At that point, when the new league year and free agency officially begin, Suh can put pen to paper to make things official. Until then, however, any deal in place is based on nothing more than a verbal agreement between Suh's agent and the Dolphins.
With this in mind, it seems that the Detroit Lions haven't completely given up on the possibility that Suh will ultimately re-sign with them. It seems highly unlikely at this point, but Josina Anderson reported this on Sunday afternoon:
A Lions team source to me on Suh: "[The Miami Dolphins & Ndamukong Suh] can't finalize until Tuesday. We will hope he comes to his senses." The source added, "key is playing for coach [Jim] Caldwell and Teryl [Austin]. Plus good players around him. Can't get that there..."
If the Lions think Suh's coaches are more important than the amount of money he is set to be paid, then they are delusional. I'm sure they don't actually think that, but rather their point is this: The overall guaranteed money in their offer isn't that much different from Miami's offer, so would you rather play for a team that just made the playoffs or a team with a coach on the hot seat going into the 2015 season?
Winning is certainly a factor, but it's really a no-brainer for Suh to take Miami's deal considering he will make an average of $19 million a year. Plus, he won't even have to deal with state taxes in Florida. The Lions may not be all that far off with an offer of $17 million a year on the table, but if they are serious about him reconsidering, they are going to have to increase their offer and not just bank on him "coming to his senses."