Caldwell believes Suh's deal will 'absolutely' get done
Barring an unexpected turn in negotiations, Ndamukong Suh will start training camp without the contract extension the Detroit Lions were hoping to sign him to, but coach Jim Caldwell indicated he believes a deal will 'absolutely' get done.
Ndamukong Suh, entering his fifth year in the NFL, could become a free agent after this season.
Barring an unexpected turn in negotiations, Suh will take the field Monday afternoon for the team's first practice without the contract extension that the Lions were hoping to sign him to during the offseason.
Suh, entering his fifth year in the NFL, could become a free agent after this season. The fact he hasn't signed a new deal yet has led to speculation that he might be looking to go elsewhere.
Coach Jim Caldwell, however, indicated he believes a deal "absolutely" will get done to keep the All-Pro defensive tackle with the Lions past this year.
"Tom (team president Tom Lewand) and Martin (general manager Martin Mayhew) and ownership will get that taken care of," Caldwell said. "I've been through it a few times. I've been through it with Peyton (Manning), been through it most recently with Flacco (Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco).
"There's a number of guys going through that throughout the league. Our team's no different.
"I'm always optimistic. I think, without question, they're working at it. It will get done at the appropriate time."
Suh wasn't available for comment Sunday, but he's expected to meet with the media sometime in the near future.
Caldwell dismissed the idea that the contract situation could become a distraction during his first season on the job.
"I know that 90's (Suh's number) going to come to work every day and practice harder than probably anybody on the field next to Calvin (Johnson)," Tulloch said. "He hasn't been a distraction to us. It doesn't affect us. He's under contract. (When) that contract expires then we can all panic and worry."
For now, Tulloch is going to continue to enjoy reaping the benefits of having the mammoth 6-foot-4, 307-pound Suh in front of him on the Lions' defense.
"He's dominant," Tulloch said. "He makes my job easier. As long as I'm here, I'd like to have him here. It doesn't always show in his stats, but he creates havoc."
The question still to be determined is who will Suh be creating havoc for in 2015?