INDIANAPOLIS -- Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew sounded optimistic about the prospects of crafting a contract extension for All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, even though negotiations have yet to begin because Suh hasn't picked an agent.

"I finally talked to him yesterday and he said he's getting close to picking an agent but he hasn't picked one yet," Mayhew said. "I declined to start the negotiations with him right there. We are going to wait for him to get an agent and we will get rolling."

It has been reported that Suh hired Jay Z's agency, Roc Nation Sports, to handle his business affairs. He still hasn't hired a sports agent that is certified by the NFL players association to negotiate his contract. Suh presently occupies $22.4 million of the team's salary cap. By working out an extension, the team could lower that number and clear more room to sign other free agents. But Mayhew made it clear, any delay in working Suh's deal, or the inability to work a deal, wouldn't be a setback for the team in free agency.

"If it doesn't get done we're fine with that," he said. "We can create some space and we can get some room right now. The cap went up (from $126 million to roughly $130 million). It won't be a setback or a cap crunch if we don't get something done with him in the near future. But I anticipate something getting done."