As Florio mentions, tagging Suh would cost them $26.8 million for 2015 season, and that figure would grow to $32.16 million in 2016 if they elected to go that route again.
Florio’s point is that doing so would leave the logical starting point for any negotiation on a long-term deal at $58.96 million guaranteed over the first two years of the agreement.
With this in mind, Florio suggests that they need to put together their best possible offer that will hopefully be enough to prevent Suh from signing with cap-rich teams like the Raiders or Jaguars once free agency is open for business.
- Coley Harvey of ESPN writes that it’s clear the Bengals want to add one, or even two, linebackers in free agency and/or the draft.
- Harvey mentions that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Bengals drafted an offensive tackle in the first round and a defensive end in the second.
- Harvey could see them grabbing LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins in the first round.
- As for defensive end, Harvey isn’t so sure Kentucky’s Bud Dupree will still be on the board once Cincinnati is on the clock.
- According to Harvey, “it’s not looking promising” for TE Jermaine Gresham returning to the Bengals next year.
- Rich Cimini suggests the Bills could end up being a potential option for Jets free agent S Dawan Landry if they lose S Da’Norris Searcy in free agency
- Rick Stroud confirms that the Buccaneers will retain veteran WR Vincent Jackson at his current salary of $9.777 million.
- According to Stroud, Buccaneers GM Jason Licht met with Jackson’s agent at the Combine, but never discussed a restructured contract.
- Stroud also reports that Bucs G Logan Mankins will return back at his $7-million salary as well.