The Detroit Lions’ ongoing drama regarding the contract negotiations of Ndamukong Suh has finally stopped—for now.
Monday, Lions’ team President Tom Lewand announced as camp got underway that the team was calling off their contract extension negotiations with Suh until after the 2014 season concludes.
“In light of where we are—and most importantly, in light of the season and keeping the focus where it should be—we’ve decided to table our negotiations with Ndamukong until after the season,” Lewand said via MLive. “I think it’s the right thing for us to do, I think it’s the right thing for the team, I think it’s the right thing for everyone involved and allows us to keep the focus where it belongs.”
With the drama about a long-term contract tabled for now, Suh and the Lions can get down to business worrying about an important 2014 season, both for the team and the player himself. Suh is expected to anchor a defensive line that needs to pressure the quarterback more than ever, and the Lions are expected to make the playoffs. Neither of those goals can happen with both sides worrying about each other.
So, logically and smartly, both parties agreed to take a step back and let the season play out first. According to most, Detroit still wants to re-sign Suh and Suh himself at least maintains interest in listening to Detroit’s pitches.
At this point, though, a return to those particular conversations will happen only after the season concludes, meaning a resolution to the Lions’ biggest contract dispute in recent memory won’t come until 2015.