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Monday's news cycle was completely dominated by the team's announcement that it has suspended contract extension talks with star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Team president Tom Lewand made the surprise announcement just before practice began. He refused to get into details of any negotiations, stating only that it "is the right thing" to do and he's "very optimistic" that a deal can still be reached after the season.
Lewand's full statement to the gathered media is available here, courtesy of the team's official website.
From a practical standpoint, this is a very risky maneuver by the Lions. They risk losing Suh without any return, as he will now be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
They can still use the franchise tag, but that would cost the team over $26 million for just the 2015 season. Of course, the process would then reset itself, as once again Detroit would need to lock him up long term.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen put Detroit's risk succinctly:
Suh is already the highest-paid defensive tackle in the league, so that carrot doesn't carry much traction in the future negotiations. An expected bump in the salary cap does offer the potential for Detroit to use the tag, but that's an astronomical figure for any player.
This was not exactly the positive way to kick off training camp for a new coaching staff looking to establish a new and winning culture in Detroit. Hopefully it won't linger as a distraction for long, though that seems unrealistic.