Ndamukong Suh, Dolphins Agree to Restructured Contract

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Just one year after signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the most expensive contract for a defensive player in NFL history, the Miami Dolphins have restructured the deal.

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Suh, Dolphins Agree to New Contract

Saturday, March 5

The Dolphins announced Suh and linebacker Koa Misi received restructured contracts.

On Feb. 24, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the previous contract had a $28.6 million cap charge.

Tannenbaum Comments on Suh's Contract

Wednesday, Jan. 27

According to ESPN.com's James Walker, Mike Tannenbaum, the Dolphins' executive vice president of football operations, admitted restructuring Suh's contract to improve the team's salary-cap situation was a possibility on Jan. 26:

"By the time we get to the first day of the league year, we should have plenty of room to address the needs that we have. Certainly we will be looking at Suh's contract," Tannenbaum said. 

Dolphins Clear Major Cap Space with New Deal

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the restructuring could save the Dolphins as much as $18 million against the cap in 2016:

According to Spotrac, the 29-year-old veteran inked a six-year, $114.375 million deal prior to the 2015 campaign. Due to a $25.5 million signing bonus, though, he counted for just $6.1 million against the cap in his first season with the Dolphins.

With that number set to go up to nearly five times its current value, Miami is in a position where it must either convert part of Suh's contract into a roster or signing bonus or trim fat elsewhere in order to make improvements.

The Dolphins went just 6-10 in 2015, so maintaining the status quo isn't an option if they want to compete with the New England Patriots, the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East.

Suh was expected to change the entire dynamic of Miami's defense, and while he enjoyed a solid season with 60 tackles and six sacks, he failed to make the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2011.

Also, the Dolphins ranked 28th against the run and 21st against the pass, which makes Suh's 2016 cap number an even tougher pill to swallow.

While restructure doesn't necessarily mean Miami is having buyer's remorse with regard to Suh, it does suggest those in power know the current makeup of the roster is nowhere near good enough.


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