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Lions Tabling Contract Talks With DT Ndamukong Suh Until Next Season

 

Lions president Tom Lewand told reporters on Monday that they are tabling contract talks with DT Ndamukong Suh until after the 2014 season, per Tim Twentyman.

  • Lewand mentioned that he is still optimistic that they will be able to get a deal worked out.
  • Lewand did not rule out the possibility of applying the franchise tag to Suh, despite the staggering cost.

It would run the Lions a staggering $26.7 million to franchise him Suh next year, so although they are hopeful to sign him to a long-term deal, it’s not going to be easy.

Lions new HC Jim Caldwell mentioned on Sunday that he remains confident that they will be able to sign 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.

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.

 

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