Suh chose Barnes, Parker to avoid contract holdout

Ndamukong Suh is saying all the right things when it comes to pending contract negotiations with the Detroit Lions.

He wants to avoid a holdout and ensure he is in training camp on time even if the agency representing him has had some high-profile contract standoffs for rookies in recent years.

"I'm a totally different guy," Suh said, according to the Detroit News. "One of the reasons I chose Roosevelt (Barnes) and Eugene Parker is because they had that understanding that I wanted to come into camp on time. I'm not a guy that likes to be a part of drama. I don't even like being in the limelight, so I definitely don't want to hold out. We have the understanding that I want to be on time, in camp and ready to go."

Suh is a full participant in the offseason program right now, but that doesn’t mean a lot. We’ll see how the business side of things go in the final week of July. We’re not doubting Suh’s sincerity on this issue, but we also know that the next player to predict a contract holdout as a rookie will be the first. We give credit to Cedric Benson, who was 36 days late with the Chicago Bears in 2005. Benson was asked about being on time and said he’d have to take care of his business. Hey, at least the man was honest.

The Lions, according to the report, have done a good job avoiding holdouts, particularly in the No. 2 slot where Charles Rogers was signed on time in 2004 and Calvin Johnson missed only a couple days in 2007.

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