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Jared Odrick return to Dolphins could be dependent on Ndamukong Suh

The Miami Dolphins have said they would like to bring back defensive tackle Jared Odrick next season, but have not yet made an offer. Why? Ndamukong Suh.

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Jared Odrick is currently stuck in a strange holding pattern. The Miami Dolphins have indicated - well, flat out said - they would like to bring their 2010 first-round draft choice back for the 2015 season. They have said they are planning to make him an offer. Yet, with the legal tampering period opening tomorrow and free agency getting under way on Tuesday, they have yet to send anything Odrick's way. Why?

Ndamukong Suh.

Miami is believed to be among the front-runners, if not the leader, in the chase for the second-overall pick from that 2010 Draft. If the Dolphins are able to sign Suh, who will likely command a contract paying him around $17 million per season, they may not have the salary cap space for Odrick.

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson wrote:

While Odrick's return to Miami doesn't seem likely at this moment, it cannot be ruled out. Remember: Miami showed zero interest in re-signing Randy Starks for the first two months of the off-season last year, then made him an offer (which he accepted) early in free agency. But it's almost impossible to envision Miami having the cap space for Suh and Odrick.

In five seasons with the Dolphins, Odrick appeared in 65 games, starting 41 times. He has recorded 16.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 129 tackles. Odrick has played linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle during his career. He started all 16 games for Miami last year.

Odrick is expected to command a contract paying him around $7 million per season.