Miami Dolphins will release Ndamukong Suh, per report

Miami Dolphins will release Ndamukong Suh, per report

Kenneth Drake
March 13, 2018

THE NFL COULD soon have another big name taking part in free agency, as the Miami Dolphins are expected to release defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Suh would count $22 million in dead money for the Dolphins in 2018 if he's cut.

In midseason a year ago, the Dolphins traded running back Jay Ajayi to the Eagles.

Suh will reportedly be released two days before the NFL's league year begins on Wednesday. The Rams have added several key defensive players to their team, with All-Pros Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, as well as cornerback Sam Shields this offseason.

The Seahawks wouldn't seem to want to come anywhere close to paying Suh what he had been making with the Dolphins.

Suh signed a six-year, $114.4 million contract with the Dolphins in 2015 after five stellar seasons with the Lions, including three All-Pro selections. It's not just about sacks, either, as Suh can cause quick throws and make quarterbacks think twice while putting hits on them. Each summer, the National Football League allows each team to designate two players as post-July 1 cuts, when the rules for how salary cap figures work change, so by using one of the designations on Suh, they'll be able to get out of $17 million of his cap commitment.

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Despite his age and relative ineffectiveness over the last few seasons, Suh will immediately become one of the top names on the market once released.

If this happens and it now appears to be more of when and how rather than if, it will be a huge sign that the Dolphins are reshaping their team and if that is the case, it might be better to blow it up and start over.

His anticipated departure would be the latest move in an attempt to change the locker room culture under Adam Gase, who heads into his third season as coach.

Seattle will still have promising young defensive tackles Jarran Reed and Naz Jones on the roster heading into 2018, but if unable to strike a long-term deal with Sheldon Richardson, Suh could be an appealing alternative.

In the end, Suh received $60 million for his three seasons of work in Miami. The 31-year-old played in all 16 games for Miami in 2017, recording 4.5 sacks and 29 tackles.

"That guy is as tough as you can get", Carroll said afterward of the challenge of blocking Suh.