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Lions planning to speak with Ndamukong Suh's agent next week

It appears that contract negotiations between the Detroit Lions and Ndamukong Suh are finally about to begin.

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The original hope this offseason for the Detroit Lions was to get a new deal done with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh around the time free agency started. That didn't happen, though. Suh ended up changing agents, and that whole process took much longer than expected. As a result, the Lions didn't even have a chance to begin negotiations before free agency opened last week.

So, when will the Lions open contract talks with Suh's new agent? Lions president Tom Lewand said on Wednesday that the plan is to get the ball rolling next week at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando.

Earlier this week, Lewand indicated that Suh has already told the team that he wants to stay in Detroit. As Lewand said, it's just a matter of getting the numbers to match up. The process of getting the numbers to match up could take several months, but at least contract talks are finally set to begin on Suh's new deal.

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