Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions announced that contract talks between the two sides have been tabled until after the 2014 season.
And there you have it… RT @ttwentyman: The Lions have tabled contract discussions with Ndamukong Suh until after the season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2014
What does this mean exactly?
It means that Suh is likely embarking on his last season in Detroit. With discussions over Suh will now be able to test the free agent market at season’s end.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter called the possibility of Suh returning to the Motor City following 2014 “murky at best”.
The Lions also have the option of the franchise tag next year, but have stated they are unlikely to go that direction due to the fact that Suh would be owed a whopping $26.7 million.
Suh is entering the final year of his rookie deal, which made him the highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL, and carries the largest cap hit in the league this season ($22.4 million).
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell disputed the notion that this might take place on Sunday as veterans reported for the start of training camp, going so far as to say he “absolutely” believed a deal will get done.
“I’m always optimistic,” Caldwell said during a news conference at the team’s Allen Park headquarters. “I think without question they’re working at it. I think something will be done at the appropriate time.”
My how quickly things can change.
Suh reported to training camp in excellent shape in what we now know is in fact a contract year for Suh.
“The guy looks more like Adonis now,” center Dominic Raiola said. “He cut out more body fat and put on more weight, which is scary.”