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No franchise tag for Detroit's Suh as deadline passes

DETROIT (AP) Ndamukong Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10 after the Detroit Lions did not use the franchise tag on the star defensive tackle.

The deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition players came and went Monday, and the Lions did not say anything publicly about their decision. There was only a report early in the day on the team's website saying the franchise tag's price of around $27 million for Suh proved too daunting.

Last month, general manager Martin Mayhew said he was optimistic about getting a deal done with Suh, but the franchise tag may have been the team's best source of leverage, and actually using it could have come at a prohibitive cost.

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Leaders
Pass Yds: M. Stafford4257
Pass TDs: M. Stafford22
Rush Yds: J. Bell860
Rush TDs: J. Bell7
Rec Yds: G. Tate1331
Rec TDs: C. Johnson8
Int: G. Quin7
Sacks: N. Suh8.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5452 (19)
Passing Yards: 4284 (12)
Rushing Yards: 1422 (28)
Points per game: 20.1 (22)
Yards per game: 340.8 (19)
Touchdowns: 33 (19)
Field Goals: 25 (19)
NFC North Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Green Bay 1240.750
x-Detroit 1150.688
Minnesota 790.438
Chicago 5110.313
Full Standings
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 4815 (2)
Passing Yards: 4001 (15)
Rushing Yards: 1109 (1)
Points per game: 17.6 (2)
Yards per game: 300.9 (2)
Touchdowns: 31 (7)
Field Goals: 18 (3)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
3/2 D. Tapp re-signed One-year extension (through 2015)
3/2 D. Orlovsky re-signed One-year extension (through 2015)
2/27 D. Muhlbach re-signed One-year extension (through 2015)
2/27 P. Hunt signed
2/25 R. Bush cut
Injuries
Date Player Status
1/4 L. Warford knee (Out)
1/4 N. Fairley knee (Doubtful)
1/4 E. Ansah toe (Probable)
1/4 C. Johnson ankle (Probable)
1/4 D. Tapp not injury related (Probable)
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