After defensive coordinator Teryl Austin spent the first few weeks of the off-season interviewing for various NFL head coaching jobs, he ultimately decided there was no place like home, opting to return for another year on the job with the Detroit Lions. Now his hope is Ndamukong Suh comes to the same conclusion.
In an interview with detroitlions.com, Austin revealed his thoughts on his First Team All-Pro defensive tackle’s impending free agency.
Losing a dominant force like that could certainly have an effect on Austin’s defense, but he says he’s not worried about losing the big man.
“It hasn’t crossed my mind,” Austin told detroitlions.com. “I’m planning on him being back.”
Austin echoed comments made by Lions team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew this offseason. Both expressed confidence that Suh would be a Lion in 2015.
Suh is set to become an unrestricted free agent and will likely have no shortage of suitors. Early speculation suggests that Suh plans to eclipse the six-year $100 million deal signed by Houston Texans defensive superstar J.J. Watt in September.
In the event that a long-term contract extension cannot be agreed upon, the Lions would still have the option of placing a $26.9 million franchise tag on Suh.
Suh is set to officially become an unrestricted free agent on March 10.