Lions head coach Jim Caldwell hopeful Ndamukong Suh's deal gets done

DETROIT - The Lions have needs across the board as free agency opens.

Jim Caldwell, stepping out from the office Tuesday morning to support a new initiative in Detroit to train and find jobs for minority women, has his eye on a few players.

To no one's surprise, he wouldn't name names.

"We're looking across the board at anybody that can help us at a number of different positions," Caldwell said at the Step IT Up America event at the Book Cadillac hotel.

"We're certainly not gonna localize it and talk about one particular position because we're talking to a number of individuals across the board."

The Lions have already released prominent veterans in Louis Delmas and Nate Burleson. Caldwell shed a little light on the team's decision to move on from those two.

"One of the big things is you try to keep all your players that have been good for you," Caldwell said. "It doesn't always work out that way."

One of the biggest priorities for the Lions is signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a contract extension. He is owed over $22 million this year, and general manager Martin Mayhew said at the Combine last month he believes a deal would get done near the start of the new football year, which began Tuesday.

Caldwell is hopeful that deal gets finished soon, too.

"I know it's one Martin and Tom are working extremely hard on," he said of Suh's contract negotiations. "Hopefully we'll get it done in due time."

Caldwell said he doesn't sleep much at all, especially at this busy time of year. He also said it was important for him to support Step IT Up America, the new program aiding women in Detroit.

The program is run by UST Global, which has already launched in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Caldwell was a speaker at the event, which announced an immediate goal to train and employ 1,000 inner-city women in 10 of the nation's largest cities.

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter at WXYZ in Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli

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