ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand has told reporters that the team will table contract talks with Ndamukong Suh until after the upcoming season.
Suh apparently would not discuss a contract extension with the team until after the season. Despite that, Lewand says he remains confident a deal will get done, as does team General Manager Martin Mayhew.
Mayhew says it was the Lions' decision to table the talks. The team had hoped to restructure Suh's contract to free up more money against the salary cap.
Mayhew says its more complicated to put together a deal for a good player, like Suh.
"If you can do it in three minutes, he's not very good," Mayhew said.
Lewand and Mayhew announced the hold on talks with Suh during the first day of Lions Training Camp.
Lewand says that he believes a new contract with Suh wouldn't have changed how the team approached free agency during the off season.
During the press conference, Mayhew said he doesn't rule out placing the franchise tag on Suh next year and that there have been no trade talks involving the team's defensive star.
Addressing rumors that Suh does not want to play for the team, Mayhew said, "I think he wants to be here. I know him pretty well and have has a lot of conversations with him."