Suh 'I was very close to staying in Detroit'

Former Lions' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is preparing to play in his first Super Bowl Sunday for the Los Angeles Rams.  Monday though was media day and Suh was asked again about his time in Detroit.

"I love Detroit. I enjoyed every bit of my time there," Suh said Monday. "I will still spend a bunch of time there in the offseason."

Detroit drafted Suh second overall eight years ago and gave him a $68 million deal with $40 million guaranteed, hoping he would lead the defense while Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson starred on offense.

"I was very close to staying in Detroit. It was in the team's hand to make that decision...I think they didn't look at me as an asset they wanted to keep and they definitely had an opportunity to keep me. Let's make that very clear."

Miami was willing to give Suh much more than the Lions were in 2015. The Dolphins signed him to a six-year, $114 million deal with $60 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history at the time.

Suh's stay in Miami didn't last long. He was cut earlier this year with three years left on his contract, freeing him up to sign a $14 million, one-year deal with the Rams to play alongside star defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Suh had 4.5 sacks and 59 tackles for the Rams this regular season and 1.5 sacks and five tackles during the playoffs.

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