ALLEN PARK, Mich. - After a rumor-filled winter, Detroit Lions general manager cleared the air Monday about trade talks swirling around Ndamukong Suh.
“We’re not looking to trade him. We have no plans to trade him,’’ Mayhew said.
Suh is in the final year of his contract, and has a salary cap hit of $22.4 million this season.
Despite reports saying the team was gathering interest on Suh's trade value, Mayhew said discussions of extending that contract remain Detroit's priority.
“I haven’t had any conversations with anybody about trading him," he said.
Well, there was one call.
"In January I did get a call that had an interest. They offered me a box of old tube socks. I said, ‘No, thank you,'" Mayhew joked.
“Other than that there’s been no conversation, there’s been no gauging, the interest level. There’s been none of that that’s been authorized by me. So I don’t know where that came from, that’s not on the table.’’
Suh is owed $12.55 million. His contract would be difficult to move, even if there is a suitable trade partner. That being said, stranger things have happened in the NFL. The Lions must also weigh the possibility of losing Suh for nothing next offseason.