There should very soon be a Ndamukong Suh sighting in Detroit Lions camp. To this point, he has not been present at any of the Lions voluntary offseason programs, which mirrors his pattern in previous seasons with the team. It is expected that this will change this week.
Suh prefers to use his own offseason program and that has led to 3 pro bowl selections in his first four seasons as the Lions top defender. New head coach Jim Caldwell and his defensive coordinator Teryl Austin had hoped to work with Suh before this but that hasn’t happened.
It has been a distraction for the Lions this spring, and his contract will need to be renegotiated for his career to continue in Detroit. While he’s currently counting over $22 million against the Lions salary cap, the team and Suh have both said they want to work out an extension that lowers that number and keeps Suh in Detroit for the long term. Suh is a rare player and to lose him to free agency next season would be nothing short of a disaster for general manager Martin Mayhew.
First things first though, and if Suh shows up this week, it will be a step in the right direction. Addressing the media and his contract situation will be probably be the bigger story when he arrives then how the drills go, but the sooner it happens, the better for all parties involved.