The Miami Dolphins have been linked to free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for the past week, with multiple reports indicating that Miami is going to make a hard push for the top talent in this year's free agency period. Suh is expected to top $100 million on his contract, with somewhere around $55 million of it guaranteed.
The Dolphins are not the only team expected to chase Suh, with the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars all believed to be interested. The Jaguars and Raiders could both be competition for Miami, as those two teams have the most salary cap space in the league this offseason and need to spend to keep up with the NFL's 89-percent salary cap floor spending rule, in which a team must spend 89-percent of the salary cap over the 2013 to 2016 period. According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, the Dolphins are "confident they can get" Suh.
Adding Suh to the Miami defense could immediately solve the team's difficulty with run defense last year. Traditionally, the Miami defense had always been strong against the run, but it fell off last year as the season continued. Putting Suh in the middle of the defensive line would eat blocks, and free the linebackers to make stops. It could be a great move for Miami, though it would be an expensive addition.
Teams can officially begin talking to agents of soon-to-be free agents at noon Saturday, when the league's "legal tampering" period opens. Players can start signing with new teams at 4pm ET on Tuesday.