Lions new HC Jim Caldwell told reporters on Sunday that he remains confident that they will be able to sign DT Ndamukong Suh to a contract extension.
“Absolutely,” Caldwell said, via ESPN.com. “I’m always optimistic. I think you know me by now and I think without question they are working at it, and I think something will be done at the appropriate time.”
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported a few days ago that the Lions are not optimistic about signing Suh to a new contract.
Mortensen mentioned that if the Lions are unable to work out an agreement before next season, it would cost them a staggering $26.7 million to franchise him.
Caldwell still isn’t worried about the situation and cited his previous experience with other players who were in a similar contractual situation.
“I’m not worried about it in that regard because Tom and obviously Martin and ownership will get that taken care of, and I’ve been through it a few times,” Caldwell said. “I’ve been through it with Peyton [Manning], and I’ve been through it most recently with [Joe] Flacco and so there’s a number of guys that are going through that throughout the league and our team is no different.”
Suh, 27, entering the final year of his rookie deal and is in a great position to secure a huge contract extension that will once again set the bar even higher for the defensive tackle position. Suh stands to make $11.55 million for the 2014 season and has a massive cap figure of $22.4 million, so a new contract would easily offer them some cap relief.
Detroit has said previously that they are optimistic that a deal will eventually get done with Suh, but there has been little reported progress throughout the offseason.
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.
We have Suh listed as the No. 2 player in our Top 25 – 2015 Free Agents List.