Dolphins expected to cut Ndamukong Suh

The Miami Dolphins must give themselves more cap room heading into the new league year and according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, it appears they’ll do exactly that by cutting defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Miami gave itself a bit of cap relief after franchise tagging and trading record-breaking wide receiver Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns, and now it appears Suh, 31, is next on the move.

Suh’s $26.1 million dollar salary in 2018 accounts for nearly 15 percent of the team’s salary cap, making him the highest paid player on the Dolphins’ roster in 2018. The Dolphins will likely look to move on from the three-time, all-pro defensive tackle as a defensive tackle has a limited number of ways to impact the game.

With Suh on the roster, Miami’s run defense ranked 28th in 2015, 30th in 2016 and 14th in 2017. Miami has also gone 6-10 two out of the last three seasons since signing Suh to a lucrative six-year, $114 million deal in 2015.

Miami is clearly purging it’s premier talent as they’ve already traded Landry and cut Lawrence Timmons, who went AWOL prior to the Dolphins Week 2 contest vs. the Los Angeles Chargers. His disappearance voided guaranteed money in his contract, which made cutting him a bit more palatable for the organization. The Dolphins are also looking to release tight end Julius Thomas who is expected to make $6.6 million in 2018.

Releasing Timmons and Suh later this week could save the Dolphins nearly $22 million in cap space.

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Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.