ALLEN PARK, MI (WTVB) - The Detroit Lions are not optimistic, according to a Thursday ESPN report, about reaching a long term contract extension with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh before Detroit’s first training camp practice on Monday. A new deal with Suh, the second overall selection in the 2010 draft, would allow the Lions more salary cap leverage to possibly make a run at additional free agent signings. The 27-year old Suh will count $22.4 million against the team’s salary cap this season.
Options for Detroit, minus an extended contract, include putting the franchise tag on Suh next season with a $26.9 million price tag or let him become an unrestricted free agent. Lions veterans are due to report to the Allen Park training facility on Sunday.