MIKE O'HARA

O'Hara: Ndamukong Suh has restructured his contract

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Ndamukong Suh is also open to negotiating a contract extension, according to his agent, Rosey Barnes

Ndamukong SuhNdamukong Suh has restructured his contract to give the Detroit Lions more room under the salary-cap to sign free agents this year, and could also be interested in negotiating a contract that would keep him in Detroit longer than the two years remaining on his current deal.

That doesn't mean Suh and his agent, Rosey Barnes, will sit down immediately at the bargaining table with the Lions. But it represents a potential commitment on Suh's part to remain a Lion for longer than the five years he signed for as a rookie in 2010.

"He's open to that," Barnes said Wednesday after reports surfaced about the restructuring. "He likes it in Detroit.

"He wants to be the one to help bring a Super Bowl to Detroit. He wants to be here when they win the Super Bowl."

Before the restructuring, Suh's salary-cap hit this year was $18.1 million and $17.5 million in 2014.

It was not known immediately how much Suh's restructuring saved the Lions on this year's cap, and Barnes would not disclose the amount.

As a rookie, Suh signed a five-year contract that guaranteed him $40 million. He broke in with a bang, recording 10.0 sacks, and was a first-team All-Pro defensive tackle, voted to start on the NFC Pro Bowl team.

He slumped in his second season, which was dominated by controversy, including a two-game suspension for stomping a Green Bay Packers offensive lineman on Thanksgiving Day.

Suh bounced back in 2012, recording 8.0 sacks and made the Pro Bowl as an alternate.

Lions officials were busy Wednesday negotiating free agent contracts and were not immediately available for comment.