We are nearing training camp, yet not a single first-round pick has been signed. That's especially not good news for the Lions, as they have two first-round picks -- Ndamukong Suh and Jahvid Best.
Suh's stance long before the draft was that he wants to be signed before camp and doesn't want a holdout. One of his agents, Roosevelt Barnes, feels the same way.
"That's exactly what our goal is," Barnes said. "To get something done on time."
For Barnes, when a deal does get agreed to and signed, he wants it to be based solely on Suh and not have anything to do with past contracts or other players.
"I'm negotiating for Ndamukong Suh, and the player that he is and the person he is -- on and off the field," Barnes said.
"A player like Ndamukong Suh hasn't come along in many years, so it's hard to say anything about what has happened in the past and how much impact that would have as a reference point."
Tom Lewand's lone comment about this is that the Lions are "working to get a fair deal done for the player." That doesn't exactly sound all that encouraging, but we still have more than a week until the players report for camp, so here's to hoping something gets worked out before then.