SBD/March 6, 2014/Labor and Agents

The Lion's Share: Will Ndamukong Suh Negotiate His Own Player Contract?

Suh fired agent Roosevelt Barnes of Relativity Sports in January
Lions DT Ndamukong Suh reportedly has been "considering negotiating his own blockbuster contract" with the team this offseason, which "could have a monumental impact on agents and contracts for other star players around the NFL," according to John Katzenstein of the DETROIT NEWS. Suh fired agent Roosevelt Barnes of Relativity Sports in January and has been "rumored to have signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation for marketing purposes and to have found another agent to negotiate his contract." Lions GM Martin Mayhew recently said that Suh had "narrowed his list of potential agents and expected him to make a decision soon, but he remains without an agent." Katzenstein noted Suh is entering the "final year of his rookie contract" worth up to $68M over five years, including $40M guaranteed, so a "new contract would surely include an increase in guaranteed money." The contract included an "option for a sixth year, but he can void it after the season." One motivation for not having an agent "is to avoid paying commission fees," as NFL agents can take a maximum of 3% of a contract (DETROIT NEWS, 3/5).
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