The Miami Dolphins are making some big changes of their own, and a few days after trading receiver Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns, they are expected to release defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on Monday:
The plan is for Ndamukong Suh to be released as early as today as the Dolphins continue their attempt at a culture change – a plan that has purged arguably Miami’s three most talented players within last year. A lot riding on 2018.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 12, 2018
Where is Suh on the day of his release? Seattle.
⏱ 5:25 AM— Ndamukong Suh (@NdamukongSuh) March 12, 2018
Seattle, WA#RiseAndGrind pic.twitter.com/ABbCAvutj3
As Niners Nation points out, there is a better chance that Suh is visiting with the Seahawks than it is some coincidence. Suh signed a ridiculous six-year, $114 million deal in 2015 and was set to count $26 million against the quarterback, a wild cap hit for any non-quarterback. Miami will save just $4 million by releasing him, though it could be $17 million savings with a post-June 1 designation. That will give them relief now, but it will still come to bite them in future seasons with dead money by not absorbing the full blow in 2018.
Looking at Suh gives the Seahawks another option besides free agent Sheldon Richardson, who would likely be much more expensive. If Suh feels that he’s well-paid enough and just looking for his first chance to be a contender, he may feel Seattle still fits that bill despite some arguing that the team is trying to “tank.” (They are not trying to tank, this was a bad rumor from the beginning.)
He has played eight seasons in the NFL since being the second overall pick in 2010, missing just two games, both in 2011. He’s a healthy five-time Pro Bowler who averaged 60 tackles, 5 sacks, and four batted passes per season with the Dolphins. Some fans will disagree with this move, if they make it, regardless because Suh has been called one of the NFL’s “dirtiest” players and has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for his actions on the field. Others would be happy to have the 31-year-old building a Hall of Fame resume on the roster.
Tampering officially begins at 9 AM PST on Monday. Players can sign on Wednesday.