Ndamukong Suh is one step closer to becoming a free agent.

The Detroit Lions have announced they will not place a franchise tag on the standout defensive tackle, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent on March 10 if the team does not come to a contract agreement with him before then.

Using the franchise tag on Suh would've cost the Lions almost $27 million for one season. Suh, 28, figures to command money similar to the seven-year, $98 million deal Tampa Bay gave Gerald McCoy last year.

Suh posted 8.5 sacks and 46 tackles last season for the Lions.