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With Suh's contract talks stealing the headlines this spring, #detroit lions' new head coach Jim Caldwell is having a lot of the weight taken off of his own shoulders. A lot of the media questions directed at Caldwell are about his star DT's contract negotiations. Although it feels like a circus trying to get Suh signed to an extension, it could have a positive impact on the rest of the team. Some of the younger players at CB, such as Darius Slay and Bill Bentley, are able to learn their new defensive system without as much pressure on them as there reasonably should be. It seems like a lot of negative publicity chooses to follow Suh, but it really could benefit the rest of the Detroit Lions.
It doesn’t mean a trade is impossible. Even though Suh carries a cap number in excess of $22 million with the Lions, a new team would absorb only (only?) his $12.55 million base salary. The more important question nevertheless will be how much he will be paid as part of a new deal that the Lions have yet to be able to finalize with the second overall pick in the 2010 draft.
At this point, that hasn’t happened. It’s likewise not expected to happen. And it’s unknown whether Suh will get a new contract or play out the final year of his deal and hit the open market, since it would take more than $26 million to keep him around under the franchise tag.
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