Welcome to the first edition of Let’s Make a Deal. Darren and I have spoken about this column and feel that it is worth a test run, so naturally we need your participation!

Basically, this column is a mock negotiation. In each post I will take one college football player who’s expected to be drafted in the first three rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft (as per the SportsAgentBlog.com Mock Draft). I will be acting as the client’s representation, and in the beginning of each post, I will give the player’s information as well as a contract amount that I am requesting. In the pursuing paragraphs I will support my claim and basically tell why my client should receive this contract amount.

Here is where you, the reader, come in. I invite you to be the executive and negotiator of the team I am speaking with, so please comment with any counter-offers and your reasons why my numbers don’t match yours.

Ndamukong Suh

Defensive Tackle, Nebraska

6’4”, 305 pounds

1st round/1st overall selection to the St. Louis Rams

Requested Offer: 5 years/$65.5 million

Here are the 1st overall contracts from the years 2007-2009 (percentage increase/decrease from the previous year is shown and reflects the per year amounts):

  • 2007: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU (Raiders)– 6 years/$61 million
  • 2008: Jake Long, OT, Michigan (Dolphins) – 5 years/$57.75 million (+13.68%)
  • 2009: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia (Lions)– 6 years/$72 million (+3.90%)

The amount that I am requesting for my client is approximately a 9% increase from the per-year amount of Matthew Stafford’s 2009 rookie contract.

Listed are the defensive tackles chosen in the first round of the 2007 draft:

  • 10th overall – Amobi Okoye – 6 years/$15.4 million
  • 16th overall – Justin Harrell – 6 years/$14.507 million

Listed are the defensive tackles chosen in the first round of the 2008 draft:

  • 5th overall – Glenn Dorsey – 5 years/$33 million
  • 7th overall – Sedrick Ellis – 5 years/$32 million
  • 29th overall – Kentwan Balmer – 5 years/$8 million

Listed are the defensive tackles chosen in the first round of the 2009 draft:

  • 9th overall – B.J. Raji – 5 years/$22.9 million
  • 24th overall – Peria Jerry – 5 years/$10.35 million
  • 32nd overall – Evander Hood – 4 years/$9 million

Upon reviewing these contract totals, you may be confused as to why I am asking for such a large amount. The reasoning is simple and I will demonstrate my explanation by using the table of statistics below:

Player Seasons Tackles TFL Solo Ast Sack FF INT TD
Suh 5 214 57 125 89 24 3 4 2
Okoye 3 99 8 30 36 2.5 0 0 0
Harrell 3 75 13 43 32 4 4 2 0
Dorsey 4 179 27 87 92 13 0 0 0
Ellis 4 145 28.5 29 29 8 2 0 0
Balmer 4 93 17 54 39 7 0 0 0
Raji 4 99 32.5 56 43 9 1 0 0
Jerry 4 132 33 79 53 11.5 2 1 0
Hood 2 59 37 22 5.5 2 0 0

As you can see, Suh leads all defensive tackles (drafted in the first round from 2007-2009 NFL Drafts) in all but one category. Not only does he lead the DTs in these categories, he blows them out of the water!

As I said above, the amount I am requesting for my client is approximately a 9% increase from the amount of Matthew Stafford’s contract in 2009. Contract amounts have raised (on average) approximately 8.79% each year for the last three years. Ndamukong Suh is said to be one of the best rookie prospects to ever enter the draft. Suh is explosive and strikes fear in offenses. Not only will Suh work his tail off for you, he will get you the results that you dreamed of when you drafted him. He will be the face of the St. Louis Rams organization and will be the cornerstone of your team for years to come!

Obviously, there are two sides to every negotiation so I’m open to your thoughts. Thank you for the time.