According to Getlin, Suh’s next contract could ultimately exceed $60 million guaranteed when all is said and done.
If this is figure is accurate, Suh would surpass J.J. Watt as the highest paid defensive player in the league in terms of guaranteed money, which has been the expectation all along.
A source close to Suh’s camp indicated that he has a “slight preference” for the Dolphins, even though the Lions are Colts reportedly aren’t far behind.
Just as numerous reporters have said in recent weeks, a selling point for the Dolphins is likely to be the fact that there is no state income tax in Florida.
This fits with a report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, who mentioned that the Dolphins have in fact been discussing the idea of making a “serious attempt” at signing Suh.
According to Jackson, at least one “key from office member” is in favor of pursuing him.
The problem for Miami is that adding a contract that big to their books would likely result in them making a number of roster moves to clear additional cap space.
In contrast, the Colts have plenty of cap space to work with and could offer Suh the ability to compete for a Super Bowl title right away, if he’s willing to look beyond the state income tax issue.
Others have said that the Giants, Raiders, Jaguars, and Buccaneers could also be in the running to sign Suh.
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. 1 player in our Top 100 Free Agents List.