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Lions want to keep extending their own players

Ndamukong Suh AP

The news of quarterback Matthew Stafford’s contract extension with the Lions means that Stafford should continue quarterbacking the Lions through the 2017 season, but he wasn’t the only player impacted by the deal.

With Stafford’s cap number more manageable in the next two years, there will be more money available for the team under the cap. During the press conference to formally announce the Stafford signing, team president Tom Lewand suggested that some of that cap room will be used for extensions for other young veterans on the roster.

“You know I don’t get into details on negotiating them, but I think we’ve been consistent in that we want to keep our young nucleus of players together for as long as we can,” Lewand said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “That’s sometimes easier said than done in the salary cap era, but I think with the extension we did with Calvin [Johnson] last year, now with Matthew in the fold, we’ve shown an ability to do that and we’re going to continue along those same lines with that philosophy.”

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will likely be at the front of the line. His deal doesn’t expire until after the 2014 season, but he’s got a massive $21.4 million cap figure for that season that will be hard for the team to swallow. Franchising him for the 2015 season would cost more than $25 million as a result, making an extension before the end of the 2014 season an even more pressing issue.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew and defensive tackle Nick Fairley could also be extension possibilities at some point in the not too distant future, so a deal for Suh that pares down his cap number would open up other doors for the Lions as they make decisions about how to build their roster.

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16 Responses to “Lions want to keep extending their own players”
  1. mintberrycrunch1 says: Jul 10, 2013 5:23 PM

    I like the philosophy of building through the draft and keeping your own players.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 10, 2013 5:35 PM

    They’re hoping if they get everyone locked up long term they can win four games every season.

  3. bigwalt2990 says: Jul 10, 2013 5:51 PM

    Am I the only one that understands this?….By extending players early, your only giving them their second contract early, which means you give them their third contract early, and so on. This means you’re paying more money in the long run, because youre giving raises before they’re warranted. Over and over. Am I wrong?

  4. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jul 10, 2013 5:52 PM

    Just don’t extend any of your contracts for your coaches if you plan on winning a championship anytime soon.

  5. therealbillybuffalo says: Jul 10, 2013 5:53 PM

    These guys keep producing losing seasons and yet they are being extended. Way to stay on course Detroit!

  6. sourceformerlyknownasunnamed says: Jul 10, 2013 6:32 PM

    Extend the players and lose the weasel of a head coach. If McCarthy were coaching this roster, they would own that division.

  7. immafubared says: Jul 10, 2013 8:13 PM

    SUh won’t settle with Detroit. He needs Hollywood or more importantly the big stage. Detroit don’t give him that. I said all along he is eyeing a TV analyst post and would want NY area for sure.

  8. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 10, 2013 8:54 PM

    Jim Schwartz is a good coach.
    Martin Mayhew is a terrible GM.
    Fire Martin Mayhew.
    Today.

  9. lks311 says: Jul 10, 2013 9:41 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says:
    Jul 10, 2013 8:54 PM
    Jim Schwartz is a good coach.
    Martin Mayhew is a terrible GM.
    Fire Martin Mayhew.
    Today.
    ———-
    Funny. I think it’s just the other way around.

  10. funktron2x says: Jul 11, 2013 12:44 AM

    Suh doesn’t want to be in the big city lights. Guy is private as they come. And quite frankly, the team has no choice in these matters because they stunk horribly at the end of the rookie contract fiasco. They were set to fail the minute the league changed the rules without giving relief to anyone caught in the flames at the end.

  11. dino2997 says: Jul 11, 2013 12:49 AM

    The rest of the NFC North hopes that the Lions keep extending their own players.

  12. poultny says: Jul 11, 2013 2:14 AM

    a Samoan guy telling members of Congress about a racist name. Hoe come no one from the native American community id making a fuss? because it isnt racist. its another example of politicians telkibg us what we should or shouldn’t be doing. stand fast Dan Snyder.

  13. chi01town says: Jul 11, 2013 8:08 AM

    thats respectful, drafting good young players and trying to keep them. but that coach has to go.

  14. otis52gsh says: Jul 11, 2013 8:26 AM

    Extending your current players only works when your winning. Great idea loins. LOL

  15. broccolilava says: Jul 11, 2013 1:04 PM

    I hope Suh spends his career in Detroit. I like the core of young guys the Lions have and it will be cool to watch them develop. There is a lot of talent here.
    It would be very tough to maintain a strong core for very long in the cap era. I hope the Lions are able to do it.

  16. jmacphee9 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:55 AM

    bigwalt2990 says:
    Jul 10, 2013 5:51 PM
    Am I the only one that understands this?….By extending players early, your only giving them their second contract early, which means you give them their third contract early, and so on. This means you’re paying more money in the long run, because youre giving raises before they’re warranted. Over and over. Am I wrong?

    you arent wrong, but there is a reason they are doing this. the lions were the team that got hurt the most by the rapid rise of top ten pick contract costs, so now that money is going to veterans and the lions have to balance this out with there guys coming off contract.

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