The Detroit Lions and Ndamukong Suh didn’t come to an agreement on a contract extension prior to free agency and Suh hasn’t taken part in the first few weeks of the Lions’ voluntary offseason program.
While the anecdotal evidence and reports the Lions have discussed the possibility of a trade might appear troublesome on the surface, the Lions are reportedly still working in the direction of trying to re-sign Suh.
I'm told Lions trying to re-sign Suh; no trade ahead. He's on the same offseason program last 3 years. Absence not contract related
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 25, 2014
The thing to keep in mind is that there is a big difference between gauging interest in a trade and actively trying to trade a player. Currently, all the reports point to the fact that all the Lions have done is in the category of due diligence, while the expectation remains that the Lions and Suh will eventually come to an agreement on an extension.
The contract situation isn’t unlike the one the Lions had with Matthew Stafford a year ago and that extension didn’t get done until July. The calendar may turn a couple times before Suh signs but that doesn’t necessarily signal trouble.
Extending Suh is clearly the Lions priority, even if they have explored options for a possible plan B.