ALLEN PARK — Make no mistake the Lions want Ndamukong Suh to return to Detroit.
Apparently the feeling is mutual.
“He wants to be here and we want him to be here,’’ general manager Martin Mayhew said at a Thursday press conference. “As I said before that’s a pretty good combination, we’ll see how it all turns out.’’
Mayhew said that they are keeping all options on the table. The preference is to sign Suh to a long-term deal, but he would also consider a franchise tag which would cost $26.7 million for one year.
“He certainly is a big priority for us, he’s an important part of our football team the last five years,’’ Mayhew said. “I think the world of him, had an opportunity to sit down and talk with him on Monday had a good conversation.’’
Mayhew said the salary cap is expected to raise $10 million for 2015 and they could create cap room with either long-term deal or the franchise tag.
There is some urgency to get a deal done possibly before free agency starts on March 10.
(More to come.)