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Dolphins Could Emerge As Top Suitor For Ndamukong Suh

Update:

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, there’s talk that the Dolphins will emerge as the leaders for free agent DT Ndamukong Suh, with teams like the Raiders, Jaguars, and Buccaneers being floated to gain leverage.

Florio adds that it could come down to the Dolphins bidding against themselves in the end, as Suh and his agent try to set the bar as high as they can.

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have in fact been discussing the idea of making a “serious attempt” at signing free agent DT Ndamukong Suh in the coming days.

According to Jackson, at least one “key from office member” is in favor of pursuing him.

Jackson admits that Miami will face stiff competition and would need to clear more cap room to feel good about their chances.

The Dolphins have some players who could be cap casualties like WR Mike Wallace, LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB Phillip Wheeler, DT Randy Starks and P Brandon Fields

Jackson writes that releasing these players would free up $23.6 million in additional cap space, and if they were to designate Wallace and Wheeler as post-June 1 cuts, that number increases to $38.6 million in space.

This would be a big overhaul for the Dolphins and it could impact future negotiations with players like QB Ryan Tannehill, but it is possible for Miami to land Suh if they really wanted to.

On Monday, Ian Rapoport referred to the Dolphins as a “wildcard” to keep an eye for Suh in the coming weeks.

It’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out with Suh, and whether he looks for the best opportunity to win, or the most money.

Suh, 27, is arguably the best available player in this year’s free agent class and should set the bar for defensive linemen when all is said and done.

In 2014, he recorded 51 tackles, 8.5 sacks and three pass defenses over the course of 16 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 3 defensive tackle in the league.

We have Suh currently ranked as the No. 2 player in our Top 100 Free Agents List.