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With two talented tackles in the middle, the Lions have had the top-rated defense through the first three games of the season.

But with Ndamukong Suh in the last year of his contract, there's uncertainty whether the Lions will be able to retain the defensive line as currently constituted.

At the start of training camp, the Lions announced they had not reached terms to extend Suh's contract beyond this year and they were suspending negotiations until after the season. That started the speculation whether Suh would be back next year or test his options in free agency.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that Suh would consider going to either New York team, the Giants or Jets — whom the Lions are playing Sunday — if he leaves.

"And with Suh in New York on Sunday to play against the Jets, it could be a prelude of what's to come," Schefter wrote on ESPN.com. "Suh has told people in the past that he would love to play in New York, and the idea of it has huge appeal to him, league sources said."

According to Schefter, Suh's potential move would be motivated by improving his visibility and brand appeal in the New York market.

"If he were to take his talents to New York, either to the Jets or Giants, Suh knows how much it would mean for his brand and his profile," Schefter wrote, "and it is something that if he hits the free-agent market this winter, when his contract is up, he will explore."

Schefter also indicated that the Bears and Cowboys also would be in the running to sign Suh.

Rod.Beard@detroitnews.com

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