To paraphrase Neil Armstong, the Suh has landed. Free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is officially in South Florida, and is expected to meet with the Miami Dolphins today to sign his new contract, a deal that will pay him $60 million in guaranteed money if the numbers leaked earlier this week are correct.
The deal with Suh was reportedly completed during the league's "negotiating window" that started on Saturday and ran through to yesterday's official start to free agency, however, as of last night, there were still details that were being finalized. With Suh in Miami now, it appears those last minute details are complete.
Suh's contract is expected to be a six-year, $114 million deal, with the $60 million guaranteed. The Dolphins will be creative with the money layout in the contract, trying to fit Suh into a tight salary cap window this year.
Suh will also account for a $9.7 million hit against the Detroit Lions' salary cap this year. When the Lions twice restructured Suh's rookie contract, they included in it the 2015 season which would automatically void five days after the Super Bowl. That allowed them to spread his signing bonus over an extra season, lowering his cap number in the early years, but it guaranteed that he would have dead money, even if the Lions had re-signed him, this year.
The deal with Suh should become official at some point today. There does not seem to be any anxiety from either side that it will not happen, and they are just both trying to get all of the details exactly right.