Ndamukong Suh didn’t even wait for the 2015 NFL Free Agency period to begin before he put together a deal to sign with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins put together an offer of approximately $114 million over six years to bring the dominant defensive tackle to Miami. It’s expected that $60 million will be guaranteed.
For teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were expected to heavily pursue Suh, this is a bit of heartbreaker. Ndamukong Suh takes control of games and would easily have helped make the Jags’ defensive line elite-level.
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I suppose the Jags could always hope official contract negotiations breakdown before the actual formal deal can be agreed upon at 4:00 EST on Tuesday, when free agency officially opens.
Taking Suh off the market instantly helps the Dolphins, who could really shake up the AFC East with their new star defensive player. It also severely limits talent available at the defensive tackle spot for teams that are more needy at the position. The dropoff from Suh to the next best player is pretty massive, though players like Terrance Knighton, Nick Fairley, and Jared Odrick will now see their value rise dramatically as a result of Suh effectively being taken off the market.
The Jacksonville Jaguars really could have come away winners in free agency by signing any of the big top-tier potential free agents, but with Randall Cobb signed and Ndamukong Suh expected to go to the Dolphins, it’s really just now down to Julius Thomas and DeMarco Murray for that “splash” signing that so many of us are expecting from the Jags. General Manager Dave Caldwell isn’t known for going big in free agency, but this was supposed to be his year considering the team has the largest cap space available in the league. Without needed to wrap so much of that up on a guy like Suh, Caldwell could approach free agency as more of an opportunity to bring in free agents to fill holes.
We’ll have to see what the final deal is with Suh and the Dolphins on Tuesday, but there is no reason to think this deal will be held up.