A contract extension between the Detroit Lions and Ndamukong Suh doesn’t appear to be on the horizon. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported earlier in the week that the Lions were not optimistic a deal and new comments from Suh don’t indicate any urgency on his part.
“That’s what you’ve got agents for,” the Detroit defensive tackle told The Associated Press. “They can take care of business, and just go from there.”
“I don’t have a timetable,” Suh said. “That’s my agent. I don’t have to worry about it. I can focus on football, and that’s my job, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Contract situation and offseason gallivants aside, the Lions could always count on Suh to be in shape and engaged on the football field. The upcoming season is no different – whether or not Suh will be starting his final training camp with the Lions.
“Obviously, starting here soon on Sunday, I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to just dive back into football 100 percent, and just put all my energy into that,” Suh said. “I like to be a person that has ability to multitask, but at the same time, you understand the task at hand and what’s most important.”
The Lions have been able to navigate the offseason with Suh’s big salary cap number on their books so the need to reach a deal for some cap relief isn’t a primary motivating factor. However, offseason salary cap figures are calculated with just the top 51 contracts of the 90-man offseason roster counting against the cap. All 53 players must fit under the cap when the final rosters are set for the regular season.
For that reason, it may be still be a few weeks before both sides get into “deadline mode” to get a deal done.