Expected to be released, will Chargers pursue DT Ndamukong Suh?

Lynette Rowe
March 13, 2018

Suh, 31, appears to have known the Dolphins planned to release him, as he posted a video from Seattle early Monday morning in which he said, "Stay tuned".

The Miami Dolphins are reportedly making a bunch of changes to their roster prior to the start of the 2017 season, and former big money free agent signing Ndamukong Suh is part of the mass exodus.

ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports that the Dolphins plan on releasing Suh - and the move could come as early as today. The move will free up roughly $17 million in salary cap space if Suh is designated as a post-June 1 cut, otherwise it will save just $3.9 million if it happens now.

He was named to four Pro Bowls while receiving an awesome three First-Team All-Pro nods during those five initial seasons.

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To put those numbers in perspective, over the last three seasons, Joe Flacco had the highest salary cap figure in the National Football League at $24.6 million and no defensive player had a figure higher than $22.1 million.

Cutting Suh will save the Dolphins almost $17 million in cap room but create a monster $22-plus million dead cap hit, according to Spotrac.

Suh's release is anticipated unless he agrees to a significant contract restructuring, which is unlikely. "There will be some exciting news going on". He remains an elite player in the trenches and proved that last season with 48 tackles, 4.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. However, he also has made just one Pro Bowl in his three years with the Dolphins, who obviously may feel his best days are behind him.

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. That is not to say that either Landry or Suh did but neither of them were/are leaders.

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