The Detroit Lions are hoping to get defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh a contract extension either shortly before or shortly after the start of the 2014 league year. They aren't in desperate need of extra cap space at this point, but getting Suh a new deal is still a top priority for the team.
Considering we're now a week away from the new league year and Suh still doesn't have an agent, the chances of a new deal being done in the immediate future seem slim. However, perhaps this is all by design and Suh is simply planning to negotiate his extension on his own.
One other guy toying w/ idea of representing himself (with some guidance from others, including Roc Nation) is Ndamukong Suh. We'll see.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 4, 2014
Ndamukong Suh’s extension will be very complex if he wants to maximize value. I hear Lions don’t even want him to go it alone. We’ll see— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2014
Suh wouldn't be the first player to represent himself in contract negotiations by any means. Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard just signed a two-year extension that he negotiated himself, and San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith represented himself last year when he got an extension. It would be a bit odd for a player to be his own agent for a contract that is going to be so large, but if Suh knows what he wants, I guess I can't fault him for trying to hammer out a deal on his own.