Lions president Tom Lewand mentioned on Wednesday that he plans to meet with DT Ndamukong Suh‘s new agent, Jimmy Sexton, at next week’s NFL owners meetings.
“(Suh’s) expressed his desire to stay here and we’ve expressed a desire to keep him,” Lewand told WJR’s Frank Beckmann, via DetroitLions.com. “He just got an agent 7 to 10 days ago.
“…We’re going to get with them I think down in Orlando next week and we’ll have some conversations and we’ll see if we can put a deal together and I’m hopeful that we can.”
Lewand has said multiple times that their offseason plan has not been hampered by Suh’s huge cap figure.
“I think Ndamukong is hopeful we can (get a deal done) and we’ll see where that takes us,” Lewand said.
Suh, 27, represents the largest cap figure of any player on the Lions at $22.4 million. He still has two years remaining on his five-year, $60 million contract that included $40 million guaranteed.
Given that Suh is still in the prime of his career, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, and is without a doubt one of the best defensive players in the game, he is in a great position to secure a huge contract that will make him the highest paid defensive tackle in the game.
Last year, 48 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble for Detroit. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the league last season.