Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew didn’t reveal any insight into what the team plans on doing with the 10th overall pick in Thursday’s first round of the 2014 NFL draft, but he made it loud and clear that the team is not trading Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
“We’re not looking to trade him. We have no plans to trade him,” Mayhew said via 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.”
The former No. 2 pick in the draft out of Nebraska is in the final year of his rookie deal that carries a hefty $22.4 million dollar hit which prohibited teams from offering anything more than ‘a box of old tube socks,’ but a long-term deal is likely to be consummated at some point prior to the start of the 2014 regular season as the two parties are in ongoing negotiations.
Suh had 49 tackles and 5.5 sacks last season and was named to his third AP All-Pro team.