Lions Concerned About New Suh Deal
Friday Jul 25, 2014 12:00am
(ALLEN PARK) - For the first time, there appears to be concern about whether the Detroit Lions actually will reach a deal for a new contract with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. A team source says they are not optimistic a deal will happen before training camp begins Monday. Veterans are scheduled to report Sunday. Suh's contract negotiations have been one of the biggest issues for the Lions this offseason. Due to restructuring on his original rookie contract, he is due $22.4 million against the salary cap this season. Furthermore, if the Lions are unable to re-sign him, they would have to decide whether to use the franchise tag on him for the 2015 season, which would come at a cost of $26.7 million. One of the initial complications in reaching a deal with Suh was a change in his representation. He fired Relativity Sports, which negotiated his first contract, in January. Almost two months later, he signed with one of the top agents in the NFL, Jimmy Sexton. Suh has been a major piece of Detroit's defense since being drafted No. 2 in 2010. He has played in 62 games for the Lions, registering 185 tackles along with 27.5 sacks. He has often faced double teams throughout his four years in the league, and Lewand said in March they built their defense around a strong defensive line. Suh is the anchor to that.