Jay Z, Ndamukong Suh close to deal, report says

February 11, 2014
Detroit Lions tackle Ndamukong Suh walks out of the green room into the crowd during the NFL Pro Bowl football draft, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Kapolei, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) Ndamukong Suh was living it up at the Pro Bowl last month. (Marco Garcia / AP)

Jay Z and his Roc Nation sports management company reportedly are close to landing their biggest football name: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Suh would join other athletes, including Victor Cruz, Geno Smith, C.C. Sabathia, Robinson Cano and Kevin Durant in the rapper’s company, according to ESPN. Suh is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is expected to get a big payday, although his career has been marked by fines, a suspension and a poll in which other players voted him the dirtiest player in the league. It is not clear whether Roc Nation would negotiate the new deal or whether Jay Z and the company would merely consult Suh.

Suh, who had 49 tackles and 5.5 sacks last season, will count $22.4 million against the Lions’ cap next season and will have a base salary of $12.55 million.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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