A contract extension for Ndamukong Suh has been one of the hottest offseason topics surrounding the Detroit Lions. Suh’s massive cap hit combined with entering the last year of his deal as given the story all sorts of angles. While the salary cap relief angle is mostly dead, the need to extend Suh to guarantee his return in 2015 remains.
Pessimism sprouted up last week when ESPN’s Chris Mortesen reported that the Detroit Lions were not optimistic about getting a deal done.
In speaking with the media today as players reported for training camp, Jim Caldwell expressed confidence that a deal will get done.
Caldwell on Suh contract: "I think something will be done at the appropriate time."
— Carlos Monarrez (@cmonarrez) July 27, 2014
When “the appropriate time” is is anyone’s guess. Ultimately it isn’t the “when” that matters – only whether it does or doesn’t happen.
Even prior to the ESPN report, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has indicated that deal before the start of camp was unlikely. He reiterated that today with the additional note that a source indicates both sides are hopeful for a deal to be in place by the start of the regular season.
A person familiar with the negotiations told the Free Press recently that it was “highly unlikely” a deal would be in place by the first practice of training camp Monday, but both sides still hope a new pact could be in place by the start of the season.
It would seem that any increased pessimism based on last week’s reports are premature.