Ndamukong Suh Could Hit Free Agency…Miami Dolphins?


There is a lot of speculation regarding the Miami Dolphins defensive line and the futures of two players that make up that line, Ndamukong Suh could be an option. Albeit an expensive one.

The Dolphins are looking at possibly losing Jared Odrick to free agency and while numerous reports suggest the Dolphins are trying to sign him, he may very well test the market first to see exactly what his value is. In addition to Odrick the Dolphins could and likely will part ways with Randy Starks and there are some who believe that last years defensive line addition Earl Mitchell could also be free to seek employment elsewhere.

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  • Last year the Dolphins failed miserably in the 2nd half of the season at stopping the run and Suh is a big run-stuffing monster. It’s being reported today that the Detroit Lions will not use the franchise tag on Suh and thus allow him to hit the free agent market in eight days. Tagging the big DT would cost the Lions $27 million in cap space this season. There is still time to get a deal done but many believe Suh will also test the market to gauge his value.

    The Dolphins could free up $9.5 million in cap space by releasing both Starks and Mitchell and they would need to in order to sign Suh. In fact they would have likely free up more money than that. While the cap hit on Suh would be high there is no question that his talent would improve the Dolphins defensive front line. Suh is worth most of his salary on the field but off the field things take a different turn.

    Suh’s behavior on the field has included intentionally stepping on opposing players legs and many believe that he would face a stiff suspension if he does it again. Paying the kind of money that Suh will command would be wasted if Suh was on the bench for any length of time. While the Dolphins could use a player at his level it’s unlikely that Joe Philbin would welcome the player that loses his sportsmanship far too much.