Dolphins plan to release Suh, shopping RT James

Arnold Nichols
March 14, 2018

The three-time All-Pro defensive tackle has not quite lived up to the six-year/$114 million contract he signed in the off-season of 2015.

The Dolphins rumors have swirled around if the Miami Dolphins will release DT Ndamukong Suh.

Only a few days away from the start of free agency, the Seattle Seahawks might be in line to make their first big splash by catching a former Miami Dolphin. The 31-year old veteran was due $26.1 million in 2018 and his release will give the Dolphins $22.2 million in dead money against their cap space.

Suh's release also will take a large contract off Miami's books. "Be some exciting news going on".

The 305-pound Suh clogs the middle and usually draws double teams, but he's not a playmaker and has had only 15½ sacks in three years with Miami. The Dolphins save that amount against the cap by cutting him.

Before signing with the Dolphins, Suh spent the first five years of his career with the Detroit Lions. Darlington noted the Dolphins are striving for a "culture change", and Suh's release would be part of that shift heading into the 2018 campaign. He joined the Dolphins a year ago, went AWOL on the eve of the opener, was briefly suspended and returned to have a poor season. The defensive lineman, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, can be an overwhelming physical presence in the trenches at his best. It's been more than a year and a half and two knee surgeries since Tannehill played in a real game, and he'll return to a depleted arsenal and offensive line.

Suh can still destroy the pocket, a premium service in today's National Football League, and it'll be fascinating to see what market materializes for a great player who's never been shy about saying he wants to maximize his earning power.

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