The Miami Dolphins find themselves in a little bit of a pickle after Jarvis Landry signed his franchise tag tender and the team acquired high-priced defensive end Robert Quinn from the Los Angeles Rams.
In fact, Miami is currently a whopping $18.5 million over the cap. It needs to hit the $177.2 million plateau by the time the new league years starts this coming Wednesday.
It’s in this that there have been suggestions that Miami might look to trade or release defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Now, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Dolphins are reportedly discussing the possibility of releasing the veteran.
The issue here is that releasing Suh would come with a $22.2 million dead cap hit. Miami can push some of that to the 2019 offseason by designating him a post-June 1 cut. Even then, the team would take an $11-plus million dead cap hit this offseason.
It’s a problem many viewed to be likely down the road when Miami inked Suh to a six-year, $114.4 million deal back in March of 2015. It’s now coming home to roost.
Suh, 31, has started all 48 games in his three seasons with the Dolphins. He remains a highly productive player, having earned a Pro Bowl appearance back in 2016. Even then, his salary makes it nearly impossible for the Dolphins to function under the cap.