The Lions want Ndamukong Suh to stay in Detroit. They say Ndamukong Suh wants to stay in Detroit.

Detroit would clear some cap space by getting a deal done. Suh would become a very rich man for a very long time by getting a deal done.

It would seem an extension is in both parties' best interest. And so if a deal doesn't get done, questions will be asked.

Namely, does Ndamukong Suh really want to be in Detroit?

Fair or not, it's easy to see how Suh's contract could become a distraction if a pact isn't reached by the start of the season. But Lions coach Jim Caldwell does not share that fear.

"No, I don't think it's going to be a distraction," he said over breakfast Wednesday morning at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes hotel. "Contracts and those types of things are part of the game, right? My job is to get guys coached and get them headed in the right direction and get 'em instructed.

"Tom (Lewand), Martin (Mayhew) and Bill (Ford) will work on those things dealing with the money issues, you know what I mean? So my job is to get my job done, and not worry about those things."

Caldwell said he expects the team to strike a deal with Suh, but "when that is, I'm not sure. I'm not a prognosticator. ... I know one thing: All parties are certainly interested in getting it done, so that's good."

The Lions have said Suh's intentions are to stay in Detroit long term, but Suh has not been available to affirm that's the case. He did not speak with the media the final week of the season, was not with his teammates on locker clean-out day and has not responded to interview requests.