Suh agreed to terms on a six-year, $114-million deal with the Dolphins about 24 hours into the free-agent negotiating period. The parameters of the deal were leaked to the media days before the official start of free agency on March 10, according to The Palm Beach Post. Even though the Lions don't plan to pursue this matter, the NFL still has the right to initiate their own investigation.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said Tuesday the league has not contacted him about a tampering investigation. NFL spokesperson Michael Signora declined comment.
"That's a league issue, you have to ask them," Lions president Tom Lewand said. "That's a league policy, that's a league issue. That's a league matter for them to decide."
Suh signed a $114 million contract with the Dolphins, which Mayhew said was out of their price range.
"I think anytime you lose a quality player like that, especially in the short term, that is to your detriment," Mayhew said. "I think in the long term, I think we're going to be glad we don't have that contract on our books. But in the short term, that's an issue."
If Lions did re-sign Suh, Mayhew said the team would've had a hard time signing other quality players.
"There's a lot of different ways to give somebody $100 million, so a lot of times the structure comes into play, too, and all those things matter," Mayhew said. "But I know we have some quality players on our team that we probably couldn't keep if we had that deal on our books."
Fresh off signing a six-year $114 million contract with $60 million guaranteed, defensive tackle
Suh added, however, that it was important to him to join a strong organization with a lot of talented players. The Dolphins have a "great nucleus," Suh said, mentioning quarterback Ryan Tannehill, cornerback Brent Grimes and others.
Miami hasn't made the playoffs since 2008. Asked if he feels pressure to lead the Dolphins to the postseason, Suh said: "I'm excited about the pressure and I don't necessarily look at it as pressure. I look at it like something I'm built for."
A four-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro, Suh said his time in Detroit was "nothing short of amazing." He leaves Detroit after five seasons in which he racked up 239 tackles, 36 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
The second overall pick in the 2010 draft, Suh has racked up 36 sacks in his five-year career, including 8 1/2 sacks in 2014. He is set to receive $60 million in the first three years of a six-year contract.
The numbers are similar to those reported Thursday by CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, who said that if Miami didn't land the coveted free agent, it would be "for lack of effort."
The top free agent available on the market, Suh is expected to become the league's highest-paid defensive player, topping the six-year, $100-million extension signed by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, whose cap hit in 2015 is a little less than $22 million.
The second overall pick in the 2010 draft, Suh has racked up 36 sacks in his five-year career, incluidng 8 1/2 sacks in 2014. He is set to receive $60 million in the first three years of a six-year contract.
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