Ndamukong Suh's contract an excellent deal for the Miami Dolphins

On the surface, Ndamukong Suh's contract is monstrous. The Dolphins made Suh the highest paid, non-quarterback in the NFL giving him a 6-year, $114 million deal. However, when you take a closer look, the Dolphins are really only investing an extra $1.5 million per year to not only improve their DT by adding a young, once in a generation talent but also locking up the DT for the foreseable future and making it younger and more athletic.

The Suh contract includes over $59 million in guarantee money (more than Calvin Johnson's $53 million) and a signing bonus of $25.5 million. That is close to $19 million per year they are committing to Suh which is a significant amount of cash to invest in one position especially on defense. However, in order to get an appreciation of the real impact of the contract, you have to look at the opportunity cost. What was the alternate?

If the Dolphins don't sign Suh, they would sign Jared Odrick to a long term deal in the neighborhood of what he got with the Jaguars (5 years, 42.5 million or 8.5 million per year). In addition they would keep Randy Starks who was making $6 million per year. Both of those players combined would cost the Dolphins $14.5 million per year. When you factor in Earl Mitchells' $4 million per year, the Dolphins would have committed close to $19 million per year to the defensive line. That same defensive line which was healthy last year was ranked 24 against the run and let three games slip away late in the 4th quarter. In addition they are aging and in the case of Starks and Mitchell past their prime. Although Jared Odrick is young, Mitchell and Starks are old and on short contracts. Projected over the next fiver years, the Dolphins would likely have to spend more money (inflation) to have a decent defensive line.

By signing Suh, the Dolphins did commit $19 million per year to one player. However, they also saved close to $14.5 million by waiving Starks and letting Odrick walk. So in essence, the Dolphins spent an extra $4.5 million per year, to get a once in lifetime DT for the next five years who is in the prime of his career. Not a bad deal considering you have upgraded the DT and have Pro Bowl anchor.

However, the saving does not stop there. Having Suh allowed the Dolphins to draft a developmental DT with a high ceiling and low risk in Jordan Phillips. Phillips is a monsterous DT with insane athletic ability. How many 300 pounder do you know who can do a standing backflip? He is signed for $ 1million per year for the next 4 years. If Phillips works out, Mitchell becomes expendable next year and the Dolphins save an addition $4 million per year and boast one of the best young DT duos in the game. Phillips does not need to be a pro bowler but play at or better than Mitchell.

Thus after this year, the Suh signing would only cost the Dolphins an extra $1.5 million per year. Suh's $19 million per year plus Phillips' $1 million equals $20 million per year. The Dolphins save a total of $18.5 million year; $8.5 million per year by not signing Odrick plus $6million per year by cutting Starks and $4million per year by cutting Mitchell after this year.

So by only investing an extra $1.5 million in the DT position, the Dolphins get a perennial all pro DT plus a promising young DT in Philips under contract for the next 4 years. They have upgraded their defensive line significantly and made it alot younger and more stable for the next 4 years. That is the definition of great management. Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins roster

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