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.