With a cap number of $22.412 million in 2014, the last year of his contract, perhaps the smart move could be to start living without Suh permanently.
Let’s assume for the moment that the Lions really do want to move on from Suh and want to help their draft position in a dramatic way. Detroit’s defensive line has been a strength of the team with Suh, Fairly and Ansah. If the Lions trade Suh, who is currently holding out for a new deal, Fairly and Ansah could use a stud running mate. As it happens the Texans could use a space eating defensive tackle and appear to have the cap space necessary to sign Suh to a new contract.
Houston has a new coach and new system to implement. He’s going to want ‘his’ guys and most importantly ‘his’ quarterback. While none of the QBs this year are sure-thing first overall type players it is a different story at 10. Not only that, the Texans have the ability to easily move up the board to 4 or 5 if the team worries that their QB won’t be around at 10. I don’t know that Houston fans would cry about exiting the first two rounds with Suh and Bortles/Manziel. Naturally, it would be better for Houston if the Texans wound up holding onto that 2nd round pick and perhaps trading their third to get to 7 or 8.
Here’s how it could impact the Jill-less Bills.
Immediately after a Texans drop to 10 Whaley can "leak" word that Buffalo has gotten several calls from team looking to trade up. Maybe it would even be true but that’s not the point. The objective is to get Houston to hop in front of Buffalo. With Minny sitting at 8 the subterfuge may not be necessary. After all, the more QBs that come off the board in the first 8 picks the better it is for the Bills. If Tampa drops behind the Bills it becomes more likely that WR Evans will be on the board.
Should a Suh trade to Houston come to fruition the Bills are poised to be inadvertent beneficiaries. By itself that deal won’t be enough to land Buffalo one of the top 5 guys though.