Re-signing Suh is Lions’ top priority
Now that the season is over, the Detroit Lions can turn their attention to re-signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
And according to Lions coach Jim Caldwell, they’ll spend plenty of time trying to get a deal done.
“That will continue to be one of our highest priorities,” Caldwell said at his season wrap-up news conference Monday. “That’s going to be addressed constantly here until we come to some conclusion.”
The Lions cut off contract talks with Suh before the start of the season, but have insisted since last winter they want to sign the three-time All-Pro to a new long-term deal.
Suh’s rookie contract voids five days after the Super Bowl, and his next one should make him one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL.
The Lions have not ruled out using the franchise tag to restrict Suh’s movement as a free agent, but at a cost of $26.9 million that would limit what else they could do this offseason to improve their team.
Suh, who held an emotional postgame news conference after Sunday’s 24-20 wild-card loss to the Dallas Cowboys, is coming off maybe his best year as a pro.
He had 8.5 sacks in the regular season, another two in the playoffs, and was the biggest reason the Lions ranked No. 1 against the run this year.
He declined comment on his future Sunday.
“There’s no question about it, he’s a dominant, dominant player who we benefit from greatly having his services,” Caldwell said. “He’s a tremendous asset to our team, and I’ll leave it at that. He’s quite a player.”