The Detroit Lions are not optimistic they'll be able to sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a new contract, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Suh is entering the final season of his rookie contract, which he signed after the Lions picked him No. 2 in the 2010 NFL draft.
The Nebraska product has a cap hit of $22.4 million this season. Should the two sides not agree to a deal, the Lions would have a choice of signing Suh to a $26.7 million tender in 2015 or letting him become a free agent.
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Earlier in the offseason, the Lions said they were optimistic about getting a deal done. Suh has said he wants to stay in Detroit.
Suh, 27, has 135 tackles and 27.5 sacks in his four-year career. He was named First Team All-Pro in 2010 and 2013.
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