Detroit Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh didn’t attend voluntary workouts last year, and he had no intention of attending pre-draft voluntary workouts this year either. He was, however, always expected to attend the start of OTAs yesterday, and Suh did indeed get some work in with his teammates yesterday after training alone beforehand. Plenty of top players have gone that route in the past, and the only reason why Suh grabbed some attention this time around is because of the uncertainty surrounding his contract, which pretty much had nothing to do with his absence.
Anyway, Suh surprisingly answered some questions about his current contractual situation, though he was, of course, vague when it comes to specific details. Per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Suh stated that he would like to play for the Lions “long term”, but he did not speak at length about Roc Nation or any timetable for contract negotiations with Martin Mayhew and the Lions.
From what we can tell so far, both sides would like to agree to something, but it sometimes seems like the Lions would rather get a deal done sooner. Mayhew has consistently shown that he is willing to reward top players with big deals, and Suh is in a position to receive a massive deal. However, it looks like he wants a king’s ransom, and while he is a great player, he might not be worth whatever his demands are. At this point, we’re in the dark, and Suh told reporters that he probably won’t talk about his contract situation again.