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Miami Dolphins likely to release DT Ndamukong Suh

Edward Lewis
The Miami Dolphins' roster purge won't be limited to just Jarvis Landry and Jay Ajayi.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the team is likely to release three-time All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh before the new league year begins Wednesday.

The move has been rumored to be a possibility for the past month, though given the massive cap hit the 'Fins will eat to make the cut, it's still hard to believe Dolphins executive VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum is pulling the trigger on the transaction this week.

Releasing Suh, who just three years ago inked a whopping six-year, $114 million contract with the Dolphins, will incur an astounding $22.2 million cap penalty, per NFL Research. If he's released with a June 1 designation, which is expected to happen Wednesday, $9.1 million of Suh's $22.2 million of dead money would count against the 2018 cap while the remaining $13.1 million would count against the team's 2019 cap.

Given that Miami agreed to take on Robert Quinn's $11.4 million cap hit in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, the move hardly makes sense on the surface.

But, as was the case when the Dolphins traded away running back Ajayi for just a fourth-round pick and agreed to jettison receiver Landry for fourth- and seventh-round picks, cutting Suh could be more locker-room based than performance based.

The big DT tallied 15.5 sacks and 181 combined tackles in his time in Miami, despite eating up double teams constantly. Since 2010, he ranks second among NFL DTs in sacks (51.5), first in QB hits (147), second in total pressures (381.5) and first in tackles for loss (103).

Ajayi found a happy home in Philadelphia when the Dolphins cut him loose. Landry sounded excited about his pending move to Cleveland. It appears Suh will have the opportunity to follow in their footsteps when free agency kicks off later this week.


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2 minutes ago, sdogg said:

If we can't afford Poe, we can't afford Suh 

Is that we can’t afford Poe or they didn’t want to pay him what the market was willing to offer? Poe was great, but on the field Suh is clearly better.

I would love the move, and this is the only one so far I have said “bring him home” to. We have a need there, he is one of the nfl’s best...my biggest concern would be the locker room.

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9 hours ago, 1989Fan said:

Yep. He may need a rebuild your value deal, and I would be happy to see ATL oblige.

Find it hard to believe he walks right into another massive contract.

At 31yrs old, Suh does not have the time for a “rebuild your value” deal.  Suh’s value will be going down every year

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