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Ndamukong Suh to Sign with Dolphins: Twitter Reacts to Reported Contract

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 8, 2015

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions  is on the field before the start of their NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins have reportedly agreed to a massive contract that will land them the most prized free agent of the NFL offseason: former Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported the news:

Chris Mortensen @mortreport

Ndamukong Suh will sign with #Dolphins on Tuesday based off parameters around $114 million and $60 million guaranteed, per sources.

In a subsequent report, Mortensen added that the deal for Suh would span six years and that Detroit made a lucrative offer that still would have made Suh the highest-paid defensive player in the league; Miami's was just a bit better.

Sports Illustrated's Andrew Brandt noted how the Dolphins haven't been afraid to chase high-profile players in the past:

Andrew Brandt @AndrewBrandt

Dolphins like to take big swings. Tried for Peyton in 2012, Wallace and others in 2013, now Suh.

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com added an interesting cross-sports anecdote:

Will Brinson @WillBrinson

Ndamukong Suh is getting the rough equivalent of the Miami Marlins payroll in guaranteed money. http://t.co/3Nd7hDpGHn

ESPN's Rich Cimini felt it was vital for the AFC East rival New York Jets to bolster the trenches to defend Suh:

Rich Cimini @RichCimini

Jets better fortify OL RT @mortreport Suh will sign with #Dolphins Tuesday based off parameters around $114 M and $60 M gtd, per sources.

Bleacher Report's Ian Wharton weighed in on Miami's huge acquisition:

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Ian Wharton @NFLFilmStudy

Make zero mistake about it: Ndamukong Suh is the best player on the Miami Dolphins' roster. He's also durable and loves football.

NFL.com's Chris Trapasso alluded to the steep cost for the Dolphins—even if landing Suh is exciting:

Chris Trapasso @ChrisTrapasso

Can't grasp #Dolphins logic behind signing Suh. Doesnt mean it's not there, I just don't get it. DL already strong & deal will break records

Chris Trapasso @ChrisTrapasso

Whats funny about accounting re: Dolphins if they sign Suh: Per NFLPA, MIA had $7.7M in space. Would have to push big $ to future. Dangerous

Patrick Daugherty of Rotoworld praised Suh's skill set, which he suggested may be underrated by some:

Patrick Daugherty @RotoPat

Most people don't seem to understand how good Ndamukong Suh is. Truly elite, HOF talent.

Bleacher Report's Michael Tanier believes those comparing Suh's deal to the big one Albert Haynesworth once inked are making a misguided analogy:

Mike Tanier @MikeTanier

"@NdamukongSuh = Albert Haynesworth" translates almost exactly as "opinion = lazy and uninformed."

ESPN Stats & Info has raw numbers to back that up:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Since Ndamukong Suh entered NFL in 2010, he ranks 1st in sacks and disrupted dropbacks, 3rd in tackles among defensive tackles

Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel hinted that Suh's presence could be a catalyst for others to play well:

Omar Kelly @OmarKelly

Randy Starks is a 2 time Pro Bowler who lives with a chip on his shoulder.Put him next to Suh he'll spend all yr trying to prove he's better

Joining an interior Dolphins defensive line that features Randy Starks, Suh will provide a big upgrade to a front seven that ranked 24th against the run last season. Edge-rusher Cameron Wake is a formidable force whose job will only be made easier with Suh clogging the middle.

The 2015 campaign will have a make-or-break atmosphere in Miami. Coach Joe Philbin needs to guide the Dolphins to the postseason, while prospective quarterback of the future Ryan Tannehill still has plenty to prove as he enters a contract year.

Signing Suh shows that Miami is taking its need to win now seriously. In a division that features the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, a statement needed to be made. The Dolphins accomplished that with their reported landing of Suh.

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