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Ndamukong Suh 'happy' in Detroit, says he 'chose' Lions in draft

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Ndamukong Suh says he's 'happy' in Detroit but oddly said he 'chose' to play for the Lions.
Ndamukong Suh says he's 'happy' in Detroit but oddly said he 'chose' to play for the Lions. (USATSI)

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For whatever reason (perhaps because it's May?) Ndamukong Suh's absence from voluntary team workouts were a big deal. Now that he's back at Lions offseason team activities? He's an even bigger deal.

Suh heads into the final year of his contract with a massive cap and salary number ($22 million) but the Lions and the defensive tackle haven't worked out a new deal yet. Suh said Wednesday he's "happy" in Detroit but, oddly, noted he "could have gone elsewhere" when Detroit took him.

“Why do I want to be here long-term? I think I said this from the very, very first day I got drafted: I'm here for a reason,” Suh said. “I had an opportunity — probably a lot of you guys don't know, I could have gone elsewhere when I was drafted. Had that decision in my hands. I chose not to take it."

Say what now? Suh could've spurned the Lions if he wanted? That's his claim -- basically he said he could've gone "Full Eli" on the Lions at No. 2 because they were so terrible.

“First day I got drafted, I had that decision in my hands. I chose not to take it because that's just the way I saw it," Suh said. "Same thing when I went to Nebraska; I wanted to be a part of something that wasn't just already set up or on its way of getting better and I want to be one of the cornerstones of it. So that's what I see myself here in Detroit, being one of the cornerstones that gets this organization back to a championship level.

"And like coach (Jim) Caldwell said: We're not in a rebuilding year, we're in a year of going to get a championship, and that's what I want to be here for."

Suh pointed out, when pressed on the question, there are many things reporters don't know about what happens in the shady backroom dealings of player acquisition. In the NFL that is.

“You can drop down in the draft, you can move up in the draft, people can come get you,” he said. “There's a lot of things that happen that you guys don't know."

Like ... ? I mean, the Lions could've just taken Gerald McCoy at No. 2. (Trading down probably was not an option under the old CBA, although you can't be sure.) Whatever the case, Suh claims he's happy in Detroit now.

“It is my choice. It is, for sure, my choice,” Suh said. “But like I said, that's water under the bridge. I'm here in Detroit, I'm happy to be here in Detroit, I'm going to continue to play my heart out as I've always done and continue to do."

Per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press, Suh walked off the podium after providing this final answer.

Which means this totally looks like a situation that will go away and never be something we'll have to hear about again for the rest of May and June.

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