According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Lions and Ndamukong Suh are "moving slowly" toward agreeing on a contract. That also seems to be the case for the Rams and Sam Bradford, which is the reason for the delay with Suh, if you ask Jim Schwartz.
Schwartz was a guest on WJR radio Wednesday, during which he acknowledged that part of the holdup with Suh's deal likely involves St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick. The Rams are expected to lock up Bradford with a record-setting rookie contract that could get finalized as early as Thursday. After that, the rest of the dominoes at the top of the draft should start to fall.
"Yeah, sure, that's part of the equation," Schwartz said. "But you know that going in, and Ndamukong really wants to be there (for the start of camp.) He's a really good, hard worker. He doesn't want to miss anything. ... His head's in the right spot. The business side (will get) taken care of. And when he signs, he'll be ready. I know he will."
Although the players are scheduled to report to Allen Park for training camp tomorrow, the real work doesn't begin until Saturday morning when the team will take part in a conditioning test. Later that day is the first practice, but all players must complete the conditioning test before getting on the practice field. As a result, the deadline is really Saturday morning if the Lions want to get Suh (and Jahvid Best) signed without missing any time. It'd be nice to have it done on Friday, but the Lions have until Saturday morning technically.