It's rare to see an athlete negotiate his own contract, and there's a reason.
Professional sports contracts can be quite complicated. And generally, the more money involved, the more complex the contract becomes.
Ndamukong Suh's next contract is going to be massive. The Lions defensive tackle is one of the best in the game, and is just 27 years old.
And Suh is apparently considering getting his Tom Condon on and be his own agent, according to Fox Sports 1's Mike Garafolo.
One other guy toying w/ idea of representing himself (with some guidance from others, including Roc Nation) is Ndamukong Suh. We'll see.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 4, 2014
Suh seems like a bright man (albeit sometimes ill-tempered), but this is not the best idea. Agents are trained to handle eight-figure contracts and the intricacies involved in them. Suh, presumably, is not. He graduated with a construction management degree at Nebraska, which is probably a tough major in the engineering school, but it's still not a contract negotiation. He's out of his element here.
Titans safety Bernard Pollard recently negotiated his own two-year deal to stay with the Titans, the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reports, but that was a much easier deal considering Pollard is nearing the end of his career and didn't want to leave Tennessee. Suh won't have it that easy.
The Lions have expressed interest in getting an extension done with Suh this year, considering he carries a whopping $22.4 million cap number. That will make the negotiations pretty tough, figuring out how to transfer a lot of money from the end of this contract onto a new extension, with more guaranteed money on the next deal.
The typical agent commission is 3 percent. It's going to be worth it in the long run to pay it to a professional, Ndamukong.
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