Ndamukong Suh to Miami

So, Ndamukong Suh is going to the Dolphins.  It’s a coup, a huge move for that franchise, picking up a player of that caliber.  They are going over the numbers now, but he’s going to sign with the Dolphins. The financial aspects of it include:

Over $60M in NFL guaranteed money (NFL guaranteed money differs from “real” money in that real money can be spent. NFL guaranteed money means you don’t get it unless the team still wants you). If you’re released, you don’t receive your guaranteed money.

The value of the contract exceeds $114M

Now, you know BSP is no big fan of the Dolphins, but we’re going objective here. You know big contracts with a team that seemingly signs impact free agents hasn’t correlated to wins. Here’s the big question I would like to know the answer to:

Does it help Miami leapfrog New England? You know, the Super Bowl champions, who continue to win the AFC East annually?

If the answer to that is yes, spending $114M on one player, a superstar, is a great deal. If the answer is, as I suspect, no, then it’s just another Dolphins move because the Dolphins have to make splashy moves. Like the Mike Wallace signing for $60M that’s not helped that team win anything. Ultimately, the goal is to win. If Suh can help them win, it’s a great move. But Suh was also on a talented Detroit team that compares favorably to Miami. They have Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson. They have a relatively coherent offensive line. They have Ziggy Ansah. Detroit made the playoffs in a very competitive division. Suh is only leaving because Detroit has no cap room.

Suh is a great player, but I don’t see him the difference maker that automatically pushes the team onto a playoff run. J.J. Watt, probably the best defensive player in the league at this time, couldn’t do it.

 

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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One Response to Ndamukong Suh to Miami

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