With neither Ndamukong Suh nor the Lions talking about the status of contract talks, others have been suggesting that Suh eventually could be traded.
Still, a trade remains highly unlikely.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, no discussions or negotiations aimed at a possible trade have occurred. And the talks would involve more than the Lions and Suh’s new team; a contract extension would be required to justify the investment of pick(s) and/or player(s), which means that Suh would have to be involved at some point in the process.
It doesn’t mean a trade is impossible. Even though Suh carries a cap number in excess of $22 million with the Lions, a new team would absorb only (only?) his $12.55 million base salary. The more important question nevertheless will be how much he will be paid as part of a new deal that the Lions have yet to be able to finalize with the second overall pick in the 2010 draft.
At this point, that hasn’t happened. It’s likewise not expected to happen. And it’s unknown whether Suh will get a new contract or play out the final year of his deal and hit the open market, since it would take more than $26 million to keep him around under the franchise tag.