Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he is “not leaning any way” on a decision whether or not to use the franchise tag on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Suh will be a free agent in March and the Lions have until March 2 to use the $26.9 million franchise tag on Suh.
While speaking at the combine, Mayhew said the team has not made decision and denied reports the two sides are close to a deal.
“As my experience with these things is, there’s no such thing as close,” Mayhew said. “Either it’s done or it’s not done.
“There’ve been a lot of deals where we felt like we were really close, like it was right around the corner, it was going to get done, and it never happened. And there’ve been a bunch of deals we’ve felt like we were miles apart, there was no way we were going to get it done, and then the deal got done. So there’s no close in negotiations. Either you have a deal or you don’t.”
Suh was an All-Pro for the third time in his career and the second straight season in 2014, finishing with 54 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
In his five-year career, Suh has 36 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. He was the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft out of Nebraska.
- Phil Watson