Ndamukong Suh can void the final year of his contract in 2015, so if the two sides don't reach an agreement by the end of the 2014 season, there's a chance one of the NFL's top defensive tackles will go elsewhere. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
The Lions front office has said there is mutual interest in signing star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a contract extension, but any negotiations are now on hold.
Suh left agents Roosevelt Barnes and Eugene Parker of Relativity Sports this week, according to reports.
Sports Business Journal first reported Suhís decision Wednesday evening, which one of the teamís official website reporters confirmed with Barnes on Thursday.
Suh has an enormous $22.4 million salary cap figure in 2014, which the Lions would prefer to reduce with an extension to free space to sign free agents this offseason. General manager Martin Mayhew said this week it isnít imperative a deal happens before free agency begins March 11, but it could give the Lions significantly more flexibility.
Suh can also void the final year of his contract in 2015, so if the two sides donít reach an agreement by the end of the 2014 season, thereís a chance one of the NFLís top defensive tackles will go elsewhere.
Since the Lions drafted Suh second overall in 2010, he has 186 tackles, 23 for loss, and 27.5 sacks.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins signed a five-year, $55 million extension in September, so Suh can expect something in that range, though he may fetch more as one of the NFLís most popular players.