It’s been stated throughout the month that the Detroit Lions and star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh are not expected to get an extension done before the start of training camp, but it has also been stated that they are expected to agree to a deal before the start of the regular season. Suh made bank on his rookie contract, but he’s going to make even more money after making good on his draft position and hiring a new agent in the pursuit of a monstrous payday to match his monstrous strength.
Someone “familiar” with the talks between both sides told the Detroit Free Press’s Dave Birkett that it is “highly unlikely” for the Lions and Suh to agree to terms on an extension before training camp opens up on Monday. Birkett wrote in the first paragraph that it doesn’t look like something will happen for “at least a few more weeks”, so that’s also something to keep in mind.
The Lions have shown that they are more than willing to pay top talent, and Suh is one of the NFL’s most disruptive defensive linemen and in his prime at the age of 27. Set to make a whopping $11.55 million this upcoming season, Suh recorded 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks last season at the heart of the Lions defense. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported yesterday that the Lions aren’t optimistic about signing Suh to an extension before the start of the regular season, but I prefer to take a wait-and-see approach over the next couple of weeks. That said, it’s possible Suh could go into the season without a new deal, and that could be bad news for the Lions going forward.