Suh and Lions both interested in new deal

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Ndamukong Suh has two years left on his rookie contract with the Detroit Lions which is really only one if you count his voidable year. With that being the case it’s only natural that both sides start to talk extension and that’s exactly what has begun according to team president Tom Lewand.

“We have tremendous respect for Ndamukong. We’ve expressed to him an interest in him being here, and he’s expressed an interest in staying here,” Lions president Tom Lewand said Wednesday at a news conference to announce Jim Caldwell as the team’s new coach.

“We’ll see where that takes us and what the timing of that is. He stopped by today to see Coach Caldwell and I think he’s another guy who can benefit from the leadership Jim is going to bring and from the staff.” (MLive)

The move is a no-brainer for the Lions as Suh is one of, if not, the best defensive tackle in the league. He’s been absolutely dominant throughout his brief four year career, earning two All-Pro nods and on Pro Bowl selection. An extension would cost the team a lot of money but it will help them with how big of a salary cap hit he’ll be over the next couple years.

In 2014, Suh will count for $22.4 million against the Lions salary cap. That’s a very large amount for a defensive tackle so an extension could help lower that figure.

If an extension isn’t reached and Suh leaves after 2014, he’ll count for $9.7 million against the 2015 cap as dead money. That’s too much dead money to be on the books for a guy who isn’t on the team. If he opts out the team can’t franchise him as he’ll then be a $25.7 million cap hit.

An extension won’t come for a while though as the two sides have just begun to talk.

Lewand said talks with Suh are still in the initial stages, and would not progress until the team has had a chance to consider personnel decisions with Caldwell, the new coach. Those conversations are expected to begin in earnest in the coming days.

“I think with everything from a personnel standpoint, contract standpoint, is to begin to lay the groundwork for how we collectively see a team,” Lewand said. “And be able to get Coach Caldwell’s input to that and move forward in a way that has input from everybody involved and has a common vision.”(MLive)

All I know is that its safe to say that Suh will remain the highest paid defensive tackle, only question is by how much?

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