Earlier this week reports began to surface that the Lions were considering trading Ndamukong Suh and that caused a flurry of activity to pop hop regarding this standing with the team. It’s been no secret that Suh has provided more than a few headaches for the Lions and his on-field behavior has been both a blessing and a curse.
But while there has been trade talk regarding Suh, NFL scribe Mike Freeman notes that such talks are merely exploratory at this stage to make sure they have options in case contract negotiations break down and that nothing is imminent.
This means, quite simply, the Lions are covering their asses, just in case the worst happens. They are gauging interest, seeing what they might be able to get in terms of draft picks, while also not even coming close to pulling any trigger on a trade.
That’s a pretty spot on picture of what these trade talks are as this isn’t like other sports where trade talks mean something is going to happen. The Lions wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t gauge the market on Suh as there’s no guarantee they’ll reach a price they both agree on.
Still, the chances of Suh being traded are rather low but having that sort of leverage in contract negotiations will either keep Suh from giving outrageous demands or it will make him angry — and you they like it when Suh gets angry.