The timing of the move is puzzling because the Dolphins will save only $3.9 million in salary cap space with a $22.2 million penalty. However, the Dolphins would not be able to use that money for three months. Should the Dolphins designate him a post-June 1 cut, they'll save $17 million in 2018 and $19 million in 2019.
A three-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, Suh signed a six-year, $114.375 million contract with Miami in 2015 that included a $25.5 million signing bonus and almost $60 million guaranteed. At the time colleague Ryan Wilson wrote that Suh's contract could come back to haunt the Dolphins.
Suh recorded 38 tackles and six sacks in 2015. Overall, he's been named First-Team All-Pro four times and appeared in five Pro Bowls during eight seasons with the Lions and Dolphins. Each summer, the National Football League allows each team to designate two players as post-July 1 cuts, when the rules for how salary cap figures work change, so by using one of the designations on Suh, they'll be able to get out of $17 million of his cap commitment.
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The fact of the matter is this, even with a Pro Bowl talent like Suh, the Dolphins defense finished 25th, 29th, and 16th in the league in total defense the last three seasons. In the video he says, "Stay tuned, be some exciting things going on".
The Dolphins are going to be unrecognizable.