- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS -- General manager Martin Mayhew met with the media Friday at the NFL combine. Here's what we learned about the Detroit Lions.
1.Agent meetings happening over next two days: While the Ndamukong Suh contract situation does not appear any closer to a resolution -- Mayhew said there is no such thing as close, it is either done or not done -- Mayhew is continuing negotiations with other free agents. He is scheduled to meet with kicker Matt Prater's agent Friday night and should be meeting with defensive tackle Nick Fairley's agent in the next couple of days as well. Mayhew also said on the team's website the Lions are in negotiations with quarterback Dan Orlovsky and long snapper Don Muhlbach to potentially return.
2.Everything remains fluid with Suh: Negotiations continue between the Lions and Suh's agent, Jimmy Sexton, as they try to find a deal that could work for both parties. Mayhew said the decision whether to tag Suh is a "fluid process" and Mayhew made it sound as if the Lions aren't in a rush to make that decision until close to the March 2 deadline. He wouldn't commit to making Suh the highest paid defensive player in the game because Mayhew does not want to negotiate publicly. Essentially, the Lions continue to say many of the similar things they have been saying for the past year. Mayhew said the Ford family is on board with what the Lions want to do with Suh.
3.Lions reject request for Cooter to interview for coordinator job: Mayhew confirmed that a team did request to talk to Jim Bob Cooter for an offensive coordinator position and that the Lions said no. Mayhew called Cooter a "phenomenal" quarterback coach and lauded his teaching abilities and understanding what Jim Caldwell wants. Mayhew wouldn't say much else about the request or why they rejected the request that was reportedly made by the division rival Chicago Bears.
4. Bush remains in question: Mayhew came to the defense of Jason Jones but continued to say the Lions are evaluating the makeup of their team and the contribution a player is making along with how much the team is paying him when asked about Reggie Bush. Mayhew said Bush played hurt during the playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys and "gave everything he had" against Dallas. Mayhew appeared to appreciate Bush choosing to play while hurt because not every player would do that.
5.Mayhew not opposed to Levy extension: The Lions are in a position now where they can negotiate an extension for outside linebacker DeAndre Levy. While Mayhew said he has had discussions with Levy's agent about that, he has bigger, more pressing priorities first (read: Suh and others). Mayhew said he wants Levy with the Lions "for a long time" after he has emerged as one of the best outside linebackers in the league the last two seasons. He once again said he felt Levy should have been a Pro Bowler in 2014 -- and that Mayhew's Pro Bowl change proposal was tabled for the time being.