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Monday, March 24, 2014
Morning Roar: Long timeline for Suh?

By Michael Rothstein

The Lions, lying in wait for the new year...

Ever since Detroit Lions team president Tom Lewand said last week he was planning on meeting with Ndamukong Suh's new agent, Jimmy Sexton, at the NFL owner's meetings this week, the parameters of what it would take to get a deal done started to percolate.

It doesn't, though, sound like a deal will get done any time soon.

"We've got a long runway to get this done," Lewand told the Lions website Sunday. "There's no pressure. We don't have any deep discussions planned."

While it is always possible the sides could come to an easy agreement, it doesn't sound like Lewand is anticipating getting everything done in the next few days.

Considering Suh has employed Sexton for under a month, that Lewand doesn't anticipate having a deal done this week is expected. He can't sputter, though, as he tries to make sure a deal gets done between Suh and the Lions. If the defensive tackle isn't signed to a long-term extension by the start of traning camp in July, that would be the definitive time to wonder whether or not Suh wants to return to Detroit when his contract ends following the 2014 season.

Yes, it is only March and that is still a long ways away, but as I've written about before, this is going to be the biggest issue for Detroit through the rest of the off-season and one that needs to resolved for the Lions to truly understand what type of team they are building for their future.

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