ALLEN PARK — Despite reports to the contrary, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said there are no plans to trade defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
“We’re not looking to trade him, we have no plans to trade him,’’ Mayhew said today at a pre-draft press conference. “I haven’t had any conversations with anybody about trading him except in January I did get a call that had an interest. They offered me a box of old tube socks, I said, ‘No, thank you.’
“Other than that there’s been no conversation, there’s been no gauging, the interest level, there’s been none of that that’s been authorized by me,’’ Mayhew said. “So I don’t know where that came from, that’s not on the table.’’
Suh is signed through this season but is working on an extension with the Lions.
Mayhew said talks are ongoing but he wouldn’t give specifics about how close or far off the deal may be.
“There’s a lot of scenarios you can create where it might make sense to try to do something with him,’’ Mayhew said. “You can think through all that stuff. The bottom line is winning football games and we’re here to win football games, that’s the guy who helps us do that. So I’m planing on Ndamukong being with us.’’
Much has been made about Suh's absence in the past few weeks at workouts and the voluntary minicamp especially because there's a new coaching staff. Mayhew said Suh is following the same routine he's followed for three years and it's all worked out come September.
"It doesn’t shock me that he’s not here,'' Mayhew said.