There’s a report coming out from Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel that is saying that the Miami Dolphins plan to release defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh this week. The move would free up about $17 million in cap space and mark a major change to the team’s defense.
The Dolphins have been quite active so far this offseason. First they traded for DE Robert Quinn with the Rams. Then they traded WR Jarvis Landry to the Browns. The Suh move would be the third major move by the Dolphins within a week.
Suh earlier on Monday morning kind of tipped his hand on twitter about his pending release talking about good things ahead:
— Ndamukong Suh (@NdamukongSuh) March 12, 2018
Clearly the Dolphins are looking for a significant reset. By trading Landry and releasing Suh, they are getting rid of the two best players on both side of the ball. This looks like they basically want to have just clear up cap space. Since the team went 6-10 last season with both of these players I guess moving towards having more flexibility is important to the Dolphins moving forward.
The Dolphins are expecting to release LB Lawrence Timmons and TE Julius Thomas which will take the free cap space number to $26 million. Timmons and Thomas both had disappointing seasons and weren’t expected to return regardless.
Here was more Monday afternoon from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2018
If the Dolphins do end up releasing JaWuan James or if they can trade him it would free up more cap space as well. Depending on the details of the trade, this move would free up even more space, as much as $34 million total. Clearly having that much money would indeed make Miami major players in the free agent market. With that said they have a ton of gaps to fill at key positions. Plus we aren’t quite sure which direction they will go with QB.
Is Ryan Tannehill still going to be the guy? We don’t know as of yet, but the QB pool is shallow free agency wise so it may be a draft ordeal.
Whatever the Dolphins decide to do, it has already been a busy offseason and there is no sign things will quiet down any time soon.
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