When Suh hits the market, the
If the Lions cannot work out a deal with Suh, he'll become a free agent March 10. Using the franchise tag on Suh would've cost the Lions $26.9 million in 2015. Suh is considered one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL.
However, when Mayhew was asked about the possibility of placing the franchise tag on Suh, Mayhew said no decisions have been made at this time.
"I'm not leaning any way," Mayhew said, via the Detroit Free Press. "It's not something we have to decide right now, so I'm not inclined to make that decision."
Mayhew also said that while talks between the Lions and Suh's agent Jimmy Sexton have been "extensive," neither side can be described as nearing a deal. Franchising Suh would be difficult due to the fact that hiis tag would be worth $26.9 million for the 2015 season.
Suh is one of the NFL's most dominant defensive tackles in the game. In 2015, Suh totaled 53 tackles and 8 1/2 sacks.
"We're negotiating right now," Mayhew said. "I feel good about it. He likes the situation in Detroit."
Barring a franchise or transition tag, Suh is set to hit the market when the league year begins on March 10. The Lions will reportedly have a cap charge of $9,737,500 in 2015 for Suh regardless of whether he re-signs with the team, is franchised or moves on to another team.
Suh, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, completed his fifth season in the NFL. He has totaled 181 tackles, 36 sacks and one interception in his career.
With Monday being the first day NFL teams can franchise players, the
The Lions have the next two weeks to place the tag on Suh. Tagging Suh would elevate his salary to $26.87 million for the 2015 season. If no deal can be reached by March 7 and Suh is not tagged, he'll become a free agent March 10.
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