Dolphins To Release Ndamukong Suh

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Another big name on the Miami Dolphins roster will likely be getting his walking papers.

The Miami Herald reports that Suh's release would free $17 million in salary cap space, but the Dolphins will not be able to use the money until the summer.

Last week, the team released another star player - Jarvis Landry.

A league source told Local 10 that the move is expected, but nothing has been finalized.

Cutting Suh will save the Dolphins almost $17 million in cap room but create a monster $22-plus million dead cap hit, according to Spotrac. He'll just have to do it for a decent price, not the absurd six-year, $144.375 million deal he signed back in 2015.

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Sure enough, the Dolphins did restructure the contract after the first season, giving Suh a $20 million bonus. Vinny Curry is nearly certain to be released as the Eagles' begin a roster shakeup created to bring them in line with a salary cap that is reportedly rising from $167 million to $177.2 million for the 2018 season.

Between Timmons and Ndamukong Suh, who is expected to be released Wednesday, the Dolphins are saving more than $22 million in real dollars on a defense that was below average in 2017.

Suh has been named First-Team All-Pro four times and appeared in five Pro Bowls during eight seasons with the Lions and Dolphins. He remains an elite player in the trenches and proved that last season with 48 tackles, 4.5 sacks and forced two fumbles.

They will release perhaps the face of the team and its best player, but that is the cost of trying to abruptly change the culture.

The Dolphins now appear worse than the 6-10 mess of 2017, not closer to the 10-6 wild-card berth two years ago that felt like a mirage. Suh is notorious for his plays after the whistle. That link is Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who was the Lions' head coach when Suh played there.