Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is staying in Detroit, according to Martin Mayhew.
The Lions general manager was quick to squash talk that Suh was on the block at his annual predraft news conference Monday, despite rumors that suggested the team was looking to trade the three-time Pro Bowl lineman.
“We’re not looking to trade him. We have no plans to trade him,” Mayhew said, per ESPN.com. “I haven’t had any conversations with anybody about trading him, except in January I did get a call from a team that had interest. Offered me a box of old tube socks, and I said no thank you.
“Other than that, there’s been no conversations. There’s been no gauging the interest level. There’s been none of that that’s happened or has been authorized by me, so I don’t know where that came from. That’s not on the table.”
Suh is entering the final year of his rookie contract, but Mayhew said the team is working on signing him to a long-term extension, although he didn’t provide much of an update on negotiations.
“We’re in negotiations,” Mayhew said. “I don’t think it really benefits to try and gauge where you are. Are you close? Are you far? All that. I’ve done this for a while now and you can say you’re close, but you’re not close until everybody signs it. You can say you’re not going to get it done until the time passes for you to get it done. We’re in ongoing negotiations.”
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