ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting that the Detroit Lions are still mulling over whether or not to use the franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh. Suh, whose contract is voided and will become an unrestricted free agent, is expecting to test free agency in hopes of a big pay day. There are rumors floating around about him wanting to go to New York, Seattle, etc. There are also rumors that he will go to whoever pays him the most (Oakland, Jacksonville, etc.) The truth of the matter is that no one knows where Suh wants to be or what the deciding factor will be for him. He has a history with the Lions, and the team wants him back. His family is in Oregon so Seattle makes sense. His desire to be rich may lead him to the bigger markets where he can create and extend his brand and possibly land better endorsement deals. Either way, the Lions have to decide quick whether or not to tag him, keeping him around until next season ends, or let him go test free agency in hopes that they retain him.
On that note, since today is when teams can start using tags, it will set the stage for who the Lions could potentially target in free agency. Players that get tagged will not be profiled here as the likelihood Martin Mayhew goes after someone like that is very low. The Lions have a desire to get a starting caliber corner, and Suh also plays a pivotal role in whether they target a defensive tackle or retain him. Guard is also a possible need as Rob Sims is a free agent and, while he wants to be back, it is possible due to his age that he will not be. Center Dominic Raiola is already not going to be back next season having been replaced by Travis Swanson, so not retaining Sims is leaving a hole at left guard. Could the Lions target a guard in free agency?