Lions talks with Ndamukong Suh have been ‘civil and productive’


The Detroit Lions hope to sign  Ndamukong Suh to a long-year deal before the defensive tackle becomes a free agent next year.

Team president Tom Lewand told season-ticket holders on Monday night that the negotiations with Suh have been relatively good.

“They’re more on the civil and productive side of the spectrum,” Lewand said, via the Associated Press.

The two-time All-Pro is scheduled to count more than $20 million against the Lions’ salary cap this year and a new contract could be restructured to reduce the number.

“The timing is less important than the outcome,” Lewand said. “And as long as the outcome is right both for Ndamukong and for us then I think he can be a part of the core of our team for a long time.”

Lewand believes Suh, who was drafted with the No. 2 pick overall in 2010, wants to remain in Detroit.

“It’s been my experience over the years that when a player says he wants to be here and we indicate that we want him around we have a good track record,” Lewand said.

Suh, 27, has 27.5 sacks, 186 combined tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception in his first four years in the league.

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