Star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is expected to be released by the Miami Dolphins within the next fews days or so.
Suh tweeted out a video on Monday morning in which he said, “There will be some exciting things going on,” perhaps signifying that he knew about Miami’s decision before information was released to the public.
— Ndamukong Suh (@NdamukongSuh) March 12, 2018
Suh will be the third Pro Bowl-caliber player to be let go by the Dolphins in the past few months, as they also traded running back Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles in October and sent wide receiver Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns just a few days ago. At this point, it’s becoming more and more abundantly clear that Miami is looking to make a major shift in their culture.
By releasing Suh, Miami will have a huge relief when it comes to finances, as Suh was expected to make $26.1 million during the 2018-19 season, which includes a base salary of $16.985 million. Suh came over from the Detroit Lions in 2015 with expectations high enough to warrant a contract worth $114.4 million, but has not quite lived up to that high of a value while in Miami. While having made three First-Team All-Pro units and four Pro Bowl rosters with Detroit, Suh only made one Pro Bowl with the Dolphins and has yet to return to First-Team All-Pro status.
While his play on the field has undoubtedly been some of the most dominant defensive presences in recent memory, the 31-year-old Suh has been plagued by behavioral issues over the course of his career. He was fined twice for a pair of instances in which he aggressively stepped on opposing players, including Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. This sort of dirty play has caused Suh to garner a reputation as one of the more unlikeable players in the NFL. Nonetheless, he is still a good player and is likely to find a home with another NFL team at some point before the start of the 2018-19 season, albeit not for as lucrative a contract as was given to him by Miami.