Detroit Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been one of the most dominant interior pass rushers since coming into the league out of Nebraska, and the 27-year-old heads into the prime of his career with a new agent, an expiring contract, and the chance for a huge payday thanks to the rookie contract his previous agent negotiated. Suh’s contract has been a hot topic this offseason for the Lions, though fellow defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s financial future could also become a big talking point down the road.
The Detroit Free Press’s Dave Birkett was asked by one of his followers if he thinks a contract extension for Suh will get done soon, and Birkett replied that he “highly” doubts a deal will happen this week. But he did add that he believes both sides will agree to something before the start of the season, and his word is definitely good enough for me to pass along, as he’s one of the most trusted beat writers for any team in the NFL.
The most logical end result has always been for both the Lions and Suh to come to terms, because he’s a huge part of their defense and one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the game. With question marks at corner, especially if Darius Slay doesn’t take the expected step forward, it’s going to be up to Suh and the defensive line to help pace this defense. I’m sure Suh also realizes that he’s in a great situation in Detroit, and the Lions have made it clear that they are willing to pay to keep top talent on their team.