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Lions, Ndamukong Suh focused on football, not contract situation

With no long-term deal in place, there's a lot of uncertainty with Ndamukong Suh's future with the Detroit Lions, but he's focused solely on football right now, as are his teammates and his head coach.

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As it stands right now, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is under contract through the 2014 season. If no long-term deal is worked out between Suh and the Lions, he will be able to void the 2015 year in his contract after the Super Bowl and become a free agent next offseason. In other words, there's no guarantee that Suh will be with the Lions beyond this year, especially when you consider that the franchise tag isn't a realistic option thanks to his large cap number.

With uncertainty surrounding his contract and his long-term future, it would be easy for Suh to lose his focus on football. However, he told the Associated Press in a recent interview that his plan is to let Jimmy Sexton, his agent, handle the contract negotiations while he focuses on football.

"That's what you've got agents for," the Detroit defensive tackle told The Associated Press. "They can take care of business, and just go from there." [...]

"I don't have a timetable," Suh said. "That's my agent. I don't have to worry about it. I can focus on football, and that's my job, and that's what I'm going to do."

Even though Suh is focused on football, his contract situation could still become a distraction for the rest of the team if not handled properly. It doesn't sound like Jim Caldwell is going to let that happen, though. Caldwell mentioned on Sunday that he's been through situations like this in the past with Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco, and he's "optimistic" that Suh will eventually end up re-signing with the Lions.

Dominic Raiola and Stephen Tulloch had similar thoughts about Suh's contract situation when they discussed it on Sunday. Neither player thinks it will be a distraction, and Tulloch in particular had a good quote about the situation.

At this point, one of the last things the players and coaches are worried about is if Suh will sign a long-term deal. Right now, that's for the front office and Suh's agent to worry about. If Suh remains unsigned going into 2015, then perhaps the coaches and his teammates will spend some time expressing concern over the situation, but for now, the focus is simply on getting ready for the 2014 season.