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Report: Suh to sign on with Jay Z's Roc Nation

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 11 2014 10:02:06 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 11 2014 04:24:44 PM CST
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions

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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is hooking up with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports to represent him, according to a report.

It is unclear whether Roc Nation will help Suh with his next contract or assist him with marketing, ESPN reported Tuesday. Suh left his previous agent, Relativity Sports, in January.

Suh is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Lions in 2014. His base salary for next season is $12.55 million and it will count $22.4 million against the Lions' cap. The Lions indicated that they hope to sign Suh to a long-term deal despite recent reports that teammates consider him a problem in the locker room.

Former Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who was fired after the season and is now the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, disputed the notion that Suh was uncontrollable.

"There were a lot of things that were completely untrue that were said," Schwartz said Tuesday on 104.5 FM in Nashville, Tenn. "Somebody said that Ndamukong was constantly late and was doing it to show up the coaching staff and all these different things.

"And I can say categorically, in four years as a player there, he was late zero times in four years, and I know that for a fact. I was there every single day. Ndamukong was one of our first guys in the building every single day, and he matured as a player also."

Last season, Suh logged 49 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks in 16 games. Since coming into the NFL in 2010, Suh has 186 tackles and 27 1/2 sacks.

But a reputation for on-the-field incidents, suspensions and fines has stuck with Suh and proved difficult to shake. Schwartz pointed to Suh being named a team captain in 2013 as proof that he has changed.

"He's had an outstanding career so far and he has a lot in front of him," Schwartz said. "Even though I'm now over at the Bills and we play Detroit this year, I'm certainly still a Ndamukong Suh fan, and in a lot of ways still a Lions fan. I want a lot of players there, a lot of coaches there to continue to have success, as long as it is not at the Bills' expense."

Suh would be the latest to join Jay Z's growing list of professional sports clients. He already is working with New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Seattle Mariners infielder Robinson Cano and New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.

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