The Miami Dolphins have released five-time Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Now that the new league year is upon us and no trade has materialized, Dolphins are releasing DT Ndamukong Suh, per source. He will be free to sign with another team.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2018
It was reported earlier that the Dolphins were planning to cut the 31-year-old defensive tackle, whom Miami signed to a six-year contract worth $114 million in 2015. Suh was a 2016 Pro Bowler and helped the Dolphins reach the playoffs in the same season, but he wore out his welcome in South Beach.
Suh played 12 games in 2017, finishing with 47 combined tackles for 3.5 sacks and two fumbles. But given his age, apparent attitude problems and expensive contract, it made plenty of sense for Miami to cut ties with Suh.
With Suh getting released, the Dolphins save $22.2 million in dead money and cap space, according to OverTheCap.com. Miami has holes on the offensive line and in the secondary, so they can use the cash to address other needs.
Though Suh was undoubtedly a productive player with the Dolphins, he was expendable - given this team's depth on the defensive line. Cameron Wake, Andre Branch and newly-acquired Robert Quinn boast a strong pass-rush and d-line as is. As such, Suh wasn't needed anymore - especially for all Miami was paying him.
Suh wasn't the only big-named player that the Dolphins cut ties with. Tight end Julius Thomas was also released by the team, per Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports:
#Dolphins are officially releasing TE Julius Thomas, per league source. Another pass-catcher on the open market.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 14, 2018
The Dolphins made the playoffs in 2016, but an injury to quarterback Ryan Tannehill led to a frustrating 6-10 season. Head coach Adam Gase has shown the ability to get this team back into contention, but changes were clearly needed.
Suh is now one of the top free agents left on the market, and he will have a handful of interested suitors. But given his age and troubles on the field (which includes stomping incidents), he'll likely have to accept a short-term deal.