Ndamukong Suh will be signing a $114 million deal with the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN. The defensive tackle, currently with the Lions will sign on Tuesday for a period of six years. Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Deal Guarantees Him $60 million a Year
According to ESPN, the defensive tackle will get $114 million a year for six years, with $60 million guaranteed, for taking his game to Miami. Suh is very much in demand — he was in the Pro Bowl four times was named first-team All-Pro four times. He made 238 tackles and 36 sacks for his current team the Detroit Lions.
Free agency officially opens Tuesday, and sources told the Miami Herald that the Dolphins were “confident” the deal would go through.
2. The Lions Wanted to Keep Him
In addition to the Dolphins, which were considered the favorite to sign Suh, The Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars were said tobe interested, as were the San Diego Chargers.
The Lions reportedly made an offer, but would have had to go far and away above a salary cap to match the Dolphins’ offer.
3. He Would Be One of the NFL’s Highest-Paid Players
If the deal goes through, with an average yearly salary of $19 million, Suh would become one of the highest-paid players in the NFL, the majority of whom are offensive players.
Top on that list is Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who somehow manages to feed his family on $22 million a year. In fact, if the deal goes through, the only players making more money than Suh will be quarterbacks.
Suh’s salary would tie with that of San Francisco 49er QB Colin Kaepernick, who also makes about $19 million a year and comes in 6th on the list of the highest-paid players in the NFL.
4. The Deal May Be a Record
As the Detroit Free-Press reported, Suh told the Lions that he wanted to be the highest defensive player in history.
That distinction is currently held by J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, who was signed to a six-year, $100 million contract with $51.8 million guaranteed in 2014. If the Dolphins deal with Suh goes through at 4 p.m. on Tuesday as expected, he would exceed Watt’s contract by more than $10 million.
5. Suh Has Returned $460,000 in Fines
Suh is not known as a friendly on-field personality. He’s only missed two games over the course of his career, and both were due to suspensions following unnecessary rough play. He stamped on lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith, then with the Packers, and was this season after a playoff game, suspended for stomping on the calf and ankle of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
That suspension was ultimately overturned, though Suh was hit with a $70,000 fine, making his total loss from fines and suspensions $420,669.