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Lions expect to extend Suh soon

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The Lions expect to sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a contract extension soon.

That’s the word from Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew, who said at the Scouting Combine that he thinks a new deal with Suh will get done right around the start of free agency, on March 11.

As a No. 2 overall pick from the days before the new rookie wage scale, Suh has an enormous cap number of $22.4 million this season. So the Lions would like to sign him to a long-term extension that provides some cap relief for 2014. Complicating matters is that Suh doesn’t officially have an agent right now, although he has reportedly agreed to a business deal with Jay Z and his Roc Nation agency.

The 27-year-old Suh is coming off a strong season in which he was voted a first-team All-Pro, and the Lions view him — along with Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford — as one of the key building blocks for the franchise. And like Johnson and Stafford, Suh is an expensive building block.

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18 Responses to “Lions expect to extend Suh soon”
  1. cfballfan1 says: Feb 21, 2014 8:21 AM

    Suh is a cornerstone of their defense – he’s not going anywhere,

    All of the Suh haters will line up to squawk, but every other NFL team would love to have him lining up on their side.

  2. larryboodry says: Feb 21, 2014 8:23 AM

    Better than a kick in the groin.

  3. ravenswhat says: Feb 21, 2014 8:26 AM

    Lol at putting that much of your cap # into 3 players making it impossible to sign other impact players you need to win a playoff game. #dumb franchise

  4. tigers182 says: Feb 21, 2014 8:34 AM

    Nooooooo!

  5. jjb0811 says: Feb 21, 2014 8:43 AM

    For the amount of cap space he’ll take up plus another 1st round DT on the roster, they oughta trade him for picks.

  6. Stupid Lions Fan says: Feb 21, 2014 8:49 AM

    Money well spent, SUUUUUHHHH

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 21, 2014 8:54 AM

    It’s not a good thing to have an enormous cap number. The problem is though the Lions don’t agree that it is enormous. They don’t even agree that Stafford’s cap number is enormous, they think that’s just fine and a great value. So they must think the cap number for Suh is a wonderful thing. These people don’t understand math or the value of a dollar though. And that’s why we lose ever year.

  8. ariani1985 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:35 AM

    Time to man up. Made a living off the lousy green bay teams.

  9. 91devinhester23 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:51 AM

    good, detroit can keep it’s overrated DL

  10. wisconsinhillfolk says: Feb 21, 2014 10:04 AM

    Lol at putting elite QB money into Flacco. Hilarious!

  11. adolfoliverbush says: Feb 21, 2014 10:33 AM

    That overated D line that dominated the bears last season

  12. adolfoliverbush says: Feb 21, 2014 10:35 AM

    All I remember is an overated rookie Kyle Long getting manhandled by Suh last year.

  13. doubleogator says: Feb 21, 2014 11:38 AM

    Great Miley Cyrus imitation…

  14. steveb9995 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    Good, they’ll free up a bunch of cap while locking up the league’s most feared defender long-term. Go Suh! Go Lions!!

  15. purpleguy says: Feb 21, 2014 1:25 PM

    Just what you want to do with a guy deemed a locker-room cancer and coach-killer — give him a long term extension.

  16. larryboodry says: Feb 21, 2014 2:40 PM

    To all the Lions fans beating their puny chests over beating the Bears twice last year:

    Our position on the couch for the playoffs was still higher than yours.

  17. Ferdinand says: Feb 21, 2014 8:51 PM

    If the CBA allows it, I would put some dis-incentives in there – as in, you will forfeit $XX for every unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, $YY for every League fine, $ZZ for every ejection, and the like.

    The Lions would never do it, but it might just be the only thing to get Suh to start trying to play within the rules.

  18. staffordsyear says: Feb 22, 2014 3:38 PM

    Good news!

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