When the Lions putting the finishing touches on the contract extension for quarterback Matthew Stafford, team president Tom Lewand said that he anticipated the team continuing their trend of extending the contracts of young players who make up their core.
Speculation about which player would be next to put pen to paper on a new deal immediately turned to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has two years left on his current deal and a gargantuan $21.4 million cap hit looming in 2014. While the Lions have a lot of time before Suh’s contract is up, that cap number will need to come down if they want to address other needs and Suh said that addressing those needs is the right way to pitch him on an extension.
“I think my track record has kind of proven that, especially with the restructures and things I’ve done in the past,” Suh said, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “I’m not opposed to anything. I’m open to, pretty much, all situations, all opportunities, especially if it’s allowing us to get the wins.”
Suh gave no hints about what numbers he’d like to see in a new deal, saying that he was more focused on helping the Lions win games this season, but he’d likely be in position to become one of the highest-paid players at the position in the NFL at the very least. Whether he’s putting it first and foremost in his mind or not, that kind of deal makes it even easier to be open to the idea of signing a new deal.