Holding on to Suh will be tough, but it appears that the Lions may just be able to give him the mega contract he’s angling for if the salary cap increases appropriately. They’ll have to re-sign him or let him walk, because the franchise tag would amount to a $35 million cap hit, and a team that knows it can win now shouldn’t mortgage a season just for the opportunity to go through the same headache a year from now (at the moment, the Lions have just under $30 million committed for EVERY OTHER defensive player for 2015).
Brandon Pettigrew’s rookie numbers? Five drops on 54 targets to finish with 30 catches for 346 yards and two touchdowns. That notorious problem with dropsies has seemingly been deemed uncurable by the Lions. Pettigrew was targeted just 15 times this past season.
Having first-round caliber weapons is nice, but you don’t need them to be a good offense, if this year’s Super Bowl contenders are any indication. A Tate-supported Calvin Johnson, Joique Bell, Stafford and a good, young offensive line are enough, especially if the Lions …
This is where they start: Peterson caused the problem. Own it. All of it. The Vikings initially tried to immediately reinstate him but were thumped by the league office, the Vikings fan base and business associates. Why isn’t his camp critical of his sponsors, like Nike, for dumping him, one owner asked? Why isn’t he talking about the fact that he works for the Vikings and the Wilf family, just like Warren does, and that everything involving him and all Vikings matters is a top-down decision?
This is where they end: Vikings ownership, management, coaching and all major staffing have clearly stated that they want Peterson back. So if he wants to return, the door is open. If he does not, well, then his uneasiness and his camp’s views on Warren help create an exit plan.