CBS DETROIT – Speculation about the future of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh continues even though the Detroit Lions hit pause on their negotiations with Suh at the beginning of training camp.

The latest opinion in the ongoing saga of Suh comes from Sporting News contributor Jason Fitzgerald, who writes that the Lions need to trade the polarizing defensive tackle as soon as possible.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand have expressed confidence about getting a deal done with Suh, though conversations with his representatives will not restart until after the season. The organization has not ruled out using a franchise tag on Suh.

Mayhew and Lewand have shot down any possibility of trading the defensive tackle, who is alternately praised for his havoc-wreaking ways up front and decried for the on-field incidents that have resulted in fines and even a suspension.

This offseason, the league labeled Suh as one of its “at-risk” players – never a great sign and particularly unappealing when a player carries a price tag like the one Suh will. Based on what the Baltimore Ravens gave Haloti Ngata, Fitzgerald expects Suh to be looking for a deal worth $13.5 million per season.

The Lions already have two particularly expensive players on the payroll – quarterback Matthew Stafford and superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson – but have maintained that their financial commitments to other players will not influence their ability to sign Suh.



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