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Ndamukong Suh contract breakdown: 6-year, $114 million

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A quick look at how the Miami Dolphins broke down defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's record breaking contract.

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Ndamukong Suh became the highest paid, non-quarterback in the NFL this week when he signed his new contract with the Miami Dolphins. The deal will pay the defensive tackle an average of $19,062,500 over the six-year life of the contract. It is a lot of money, especially for a team that was already close to the salary cap this season, but the important information is the guaranteed money, and exactly how the salary is broken down by year.

Contract Totals

Length: 6 years
Total Value: $114.375 million
Average per year: $19,062,500
Guarantee: $59.955 million
Signing Bonus: $25.5 million

Annual Salaries

2015: $985,000
2016: $23,485,000
2017: $9,985,000
2018: $16,985,000
2019: $18,895,000
2020: $18,360,000

Workout Bonuses

2015: $15,000
2016: $15,000
2017: $15,000
2018: $15,000
2019: $15,000
2020: $15,000

Roster Guarantees

2015: None
2016: None
2017: None
2018: $8.5 million is guaranteed if on roster on 5th day of league year
2019: $9.5 million is guaranteed if on roster on 5th day of league year
2020: $9 million is guaranteed if on roster on 5th day of league year

Signing Bonus Prorate

The league allows for a signing bonus to be spread over the life of a contract evenly to lower the cap hit of the signing bonus. This proration is maxed at 5 years, meaning Suh's $25.5 million bonus will only hit 2015-2019, with 2020 featuring no signing bonus proration.

2015: $5.1 million
2016: $5.1 million
2017: $5.1 million
2018: $5.1 million
2019: $5.1 million
2020: $0

Salary Cap Numbers:

Base salary + Workout Bonus + Signing Bonus Prorate = Salary Cap Number

2015: $6.1 million
2016: $28.6 million
2017: $15.1 million
2018: $22.1 million
2019: $24.1 million
2020: $18.375 million

Dead Money/Cap Savings

Dead money is the amount of money a player will count against a salary cap if he is released by the team. All of the guarnteed money and the signing bonus yet to be accounted for in a salary cap will be accelerated into the current year's cap. For these purposes, these number are assuming a pre-June 1 cut (not using the designation), and a cut before the fifth day of the league year, when the above listed roster guarantees would kick in and add more dead money. The list below will have the dead money listed first, then any cap savings the move would generate (that year's salary cap number minus the dead money).

2015: $59.955 million / -$53.855 million
2016: $53.870 million / -$25.27 million
2017: $25.285 million / -$10.185 million
2018: $10.2 million / $11.9 million
2019: $5.1 million / $19 million
2020: $0 / $18.375 million

Contract Records

The contract surpasses the total value of the deal J.J. Watt signed with the Houston Texans last season, a six-year deal worth $100 million ($16.7 million per year). The guranteed total, $59.955 million, surpasses the previous non-quarterback guarantee of $53.25 million the Detroit Lions gave to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The fact that Miami fully guaranteed the entire $59.955 million at the time of the signing surpasses all previous fully guaranteed money at signing, with Johnson's $53.25 second.

Dolphins salary cap totals by year:

Clearly, the Dolphins will be adding a lot more players and a lot will change between now and 2020, but these are the current roster totals for each season of Suh's contract (via OverTheCap.com):

2015: $146,125,353 (Top 51)
2016: $131,211,648 (34 players)
2017: $80,410,155 (15 players)
2018: $33,400,000 (2 players)
2019: $24,100,000 (1 player)
2020: $18,375,000 (1 player)