“Do I know that he’ll be here? I would anticipate that he would be here,” Caldwell said, via Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website.
“Obviously, he’s a great player and he’s also got great leadership ability as well. So, to have him back in here working amongst the group is going to be a great time for everybody.”
Caldwell said he has spoken to Suh and traded texts with him. In addition to skipping the first two non-practice phases of the offseason program, Suh didn’t show up for a voluntary minicamp.
He’s in the last year of a rookie contract that carries a 2014 cap number of more than $22 million. It’s unclear when or if the contract will be extended. The magnitude of the cap number makes the franchise tag an impossibility for 2015, since the Lions would owe Suh a 20-percent raise over his current cap number.