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Dolphins will “certainly” look at restructuring Suh’s contract

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 14:  Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Miami Dolphins prepares to take the field before the game against the New York Giants at Sun Life Stadium on December 14, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Dolphins signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a six-year, $114 million contract last March and they may try to restructure it before hitting the first anniversary of Suh’s arrival in Miami.

The team has some salary cap maintenance to do in the coming weeks and Suh’s set to count $28.6 million under the cap as his base salary balloons from $985,000 to $23.485 million for the coming season. On Tuesday, Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said that revisiting Suh’s contract is something he expects to come up as they sort things out early in the offseason.

“That’s certainly one of the levers we’re going to take a close look at,” Tannenbaum said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “We haven’t made any decisions as it relates to strategic planning or salary cap, budget, things like that. We have designed, and I think [executive vice president of football administration] Dawn [Aponte] has done a really good job when these contracts were constructing, that we have a lot of flexibility.By the time we get to the first day of the league year, we should have plenty of room to address the needs that we have, and certainly we’ll be looking at Suh’s contract.”

Converting some of Suh’s salary into a roster bonus would allow the Dolphins to lessen Suh’s cap hit now while increasing it in later seasons. That could create similar cap squeezes down the line, although they would be less severe if the cap continues to rise as it has in recent seasons.

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45 Responses to “Dolphins will “certainly” look at restructuring Suh’s contract”
  1. anywho123 says: Jan 27, 2016 9:17 AM

    A Boy named Suh, so it begins again….

  2. detroit20iron says: Jan 27, 2016 9:19 AM

    Buyers remorse

  3. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jan 27, 2016 9:23 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAA

  4. kickinpuppies says: Jan 27, 2016 9:23 AM

    No competent GM would ever sign a DT for what is essentially QB money. What a poor decision by the Dolphins brass.

  5. tommytd says: Jan 27, 2016 9:26 AM

    Who was the genius that “constructed” his contract in the first place???

  6. purplengold says: Jan 27, 2016 9:28 AM

    Restructure? Cut him.

  7. seatownballers says: Jan 27, 2016 9:29 AM

    23.4 mill for a dt.
    That’s a horrible contract.
    All he has to say is no, i won’t restructure

  8. wehavebush says: Jan 27, 2016 9:29 AM

    Ask the Lions how that worked out.

  9. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 27, 2016 9:30 AM

    ……I love how owners and GM’s give out these ridiculuas contracts and the VERY next year realize “hey we can’t pay this guy all this money”. It’s a like the balloon payments on mortgages……

  10. lks311 says: Jan 27, 2016 9:36 AM

    As great a talent as he was for my Lions, I don’t miss the cap headache he created annually (along with Megatron and Stafford). Glad, that part, is now someone else’s issue.

  11. floratiotime says: Jan 27, 2016 9:38 AM

    Abner Haynesworth 2.0

  12. touchdownelvis says: Jan 27, 2016 9:39 AM

    Funny how teams get salty when a player suggests restructuring a deal with more than one year left on it, but they’re happy to try to renegotiate in their favor with five years left.

    Unless they’re just converting to a bonus, I hope Suh’s agent tells them to pound some South Beach sand.

  13. bdunham2369 says: Jan 27, 2016 9:39 AM

    Idiots can’t afford any players after signing him to that contract.

  14. jjb0811 says: Jan 27, 2016 9:50 AM

    Such shouldn’t restructure. That’s the teams fault.

  15. spiffybiff says: Jan 27, 2016 9:54 AM

    Or you could just admit you have more rebuilding to do and take his cap hit in full this year and then put it behind you….. It’s not like your present is brighter than your future

  16. wannstache says: Jan 27, 2016 9:56 AM

    Really? I suppose GM Tannenbaum is shocked that it came to this. Good luck coaching the players this idiot sticks you with Coach Gase. Remember, this is the genius that gave Mark Sanchez a big contract.

  17. handsatlanta says: Jan 27, 2016 10:02 AM

    Dolphins season ticket holder here. Suh didn’t have a bad year altho not Pro Bowl worthy. The problem is that there’s no way he can ever live up to that contract even when he’s at his best. With all the holes on that team, Tannenbaum was foolish to sign him. But Stephen Ross likes to win the offseason {yo, Stevie…a word to the wise: winning the offseason doesn’t put people in the seats}.

  18. ee00ee says: Jan 27, 2016 10:07 AM

    Restructure is not the same as renegotiate, learn the difference before posting

    He’ll gladly restructure, who wouldnt want to take their years pay as an up front bonus? It’s an accounting move for the team, why would he care?

  19. phinfan says: Jan 27, 2016 10:08 AM

    Hey tannebaum, can you restructure yourself right outta the building!!!

  20. intrafinesse says: Jan 27, 2016 10:08 AM

    This is all on their new GM, Mike Tannenbaum.
    They need to restructure after 1 year?
    What kind of planning is that?
    Very shortsighted.

  21. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Jan 27, 2016 10:08 AM

    “NOBODY” saw this coming lol

    so basically they could only afford the down payment??

  22. pedmeg says: Jan 27, 2016 10:08 AM

    Where are the Dolphins fans who were on here less than a year ago when Suh was signed and telling us how they would be the AFC East champs ?

  23. corporatemediaprostitute says: Jan 27, 2016 10:08 AM

    A parting gift from Mayhew to Lions fans. One of the very few things he did right.

  24. tcmiller30 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:13 AM

    I don’t understand why Suh would restructure. His 2016 and 2017 base salaries are fully guaranteed. So converting that to a signing bonus doesn’t put more money in his pocket. He literally has zero incentive to do that.

    That was a poorly structured contract the day they signed it. There’s really no way to get out of it for another few years.

  25. bigearl61 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:19 AM

    Either do it as a roster bonus now, or as a cap charge later, either way you are going to have to “eat” it… (pun for how defensive tackles are big)

  26. chadsmith013 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:31 AM

    I love how all these hacks on here who didnt watch a single Dolphins game are now Suh experts..clamoring the Haynesworth 2.0.

    Suh actually had a pretty good season. he was double teams on most downs and sometimes triple teamed. The fins didnt have any LB’ers that could make plays..

    so please do some research before you make statements that you know nothing about..most Dolphins fans were pleased with the play of Suh…
    and yes i watched every game of theirs.

  27. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 27, 2016 10:34 AM

    Since none of the other D-Linemen deserve to be on the field with him, just draft a bunch of rookies.

  28. topcide says: Jan 27, 2016 10:42 AM

    Liosn fan here…

    considering he wouldn’t even discuss an extension, have fun with all that.

  29. nyjfan111 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:46 AM

    @tommytd

    Same guy who signed Mark Sanchez to an extension with $20m guaranteed.😦

  30. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:52 AM

    Tannenbaum on restructuring contracts –

    Yeah we extend them 2 or 3 more years and given them an extra 20 or 40 mil, no skin off my teeth. I have no idea what the CAP thing people keep mentioning is

  31. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Jan 27, 2016 11:01 AM

    chadsmith013 says:
    Jan 27, 2016 10:31 AM
    I love how all these hacks on here who didnt watch a single Dolphins game are now Suh experts..clamoring the Haynesworth 2.0.

    Suh actually had a pretty good season. he was double teams on most downs and sometimes triple teamed. The fins didnt have any LB’ers that could make plays..

    so please do some research before you make statements that you know nothing about..most Dolphins fans were pleased with the play of Suh…
    and yes i watched every game of theirs.

    You’re sort of missing the point. When a team gives you a six year $114 million contract you’re supposed to do A LOT better than having a “pretty good season”

  32. lionsfan123 says: Jan 27, 2016 11:11 AM

    These teams seem to be clueless with their money.

    Do NOT ever restructure a player’s contract. If you can’t afford him, cut him. If you need to try to afford another player that you can’t, determine who is more valuable (the player you would restructure or the player you want to sign) and move forward with the 1 player you want.

    This restructuring is crazy. All of these teams with all of this dead money. They just aren’t thinking…

  33. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 27, 2016 11:15 AM

    why would Suh agree to this? Um, well, at worst he has no reason not to. However, if he converts salary into bonuses, he gets that money upfront, at once, rather than spread over the course of the season. Not a material change but still in his favor.

    As for people who are commenting about why he’d agree to take less, well, first of all “restructuring” typically means a conversion of salary into bonuses. This is done because salaries have to count dollar for dollar against the cap in the year earned whereas most forms of bonuses are pro-rated across the remaining years of the contract. This lowers your immediate cap hit but increases it later and can leave you with even more “dead money” if the player is cut.

  34. VenerableAxiom says: Jan 27, 2016 11:33 AM

    intrafinesse says:
    Jan 27, 2016 10:08 AM
    This is all on their new GM, Mike Tannenbaum.
    They need to restructure after 1 year?
    What kind of planning is that?
    Very shortsighted.
    ——–
    Actually, it was well planned. As he was quoted, Dawn, the Dolphins cap genius, designed all the contracts for maximum flexibility to allow for gaining cap space. The Fins will have plenty of cap space when they need it.

  35. VenerableAxiom says: Jan 27, 2016 11:34 AM

    Obviously a lot of comments from trolls who haven’t bothered to read the article, or are otherwise totally ignorant when it comes to NFL player contracts.

  36. whenwilliteverend says: Jan 27, 2016 11:36 AM

    So they signed him to that deal and didn’t realize it was going to be a problem when his cap number went ballistic? Whoever thought that was a good idea should be prevented from getting any job other than flipping burgers at McDonalds. It’s the same reason the national budget is so jacked up because nobody wants to make a responsible decision.

    This contract is going to haunt the Fins for five more years. I don’t understand why these teams are stupid enough to tie up a bunch of money in ONE player. One would have thought they would have learned after the Mike Wallace fiasco but apparently not.

  37. granadafan says: Jan 27, 2016 12:16 PM

    handsatlanta says:
    Jan 27, 2016 10:02 AM
    Dolphins season ticket holder here. Suh didn’t have a bad year altho not Pro Bowl worthy.

    =======================================

    If you can’t make the Pro Bowl when the only players left are scrubs, then you had a bad year, especially for a defensive player getting QB money.

  38. godfatherd says: Jan 27, 2016 12:24 PM

    As a lions fan I have one thing to say…hahahahahahaha!

    It’s more obvious than ever that Suh, his contract, and his personality, will be a weight around the Dolphins neck for a long time.

  39. Kingmj4891 says: Jan 27, 2016 1:32 PM

    1.47 Million per Game = 23.485 for the year. If he converts about half of that that to a roster bonus and say his salary goes down to 750K per game he saves the taxes on 720K in each state he plays in that has an income tax.

  40. surfinbird1 says: Jan 27, 2016 1:39 PM

    You Suh gonna be hurtin for quite a few years.

  41. chadsmith013 says: Jan 27, 2016 2:12 PM

    and to all the uninformed..

    Suhs contract was written with a trigger that allows them to restructure without his consent..

    look it up!!

  42. chadsmith013 says: Jan 27, 2016 2:16 PM

    i love all these idiots on here talking about stuff they actually have no clue about..its classic

  43. macjacmccoy says: Jan 27, 2016 4:53 PM

    God none of you guys have a clue and you act like you know football. Every big free agent knows that they will probably restructure there contract when they sign them. It has nothing to do with how much money they get its just the way they get it. No player minds getting all there money while helping there teammates get more money too.

  44. fanofpft says: Jan 27, 2016 6:04 PM

    First off the overall deal is only 4 M. more than his last one was.

    The team doesn’t have 3 big contracts like the Lions did.

    Chadsmith is right the team can do this w/o Suh consent. They are just most likely keeping him in the loop and keeping him happy with the way it goes.

    Having the contract this way is somehow a bad thing trolls? Word is the goal is to get the cap hit this season to 10M

    Fins have had tried it the other way before with 3-4 players it didn’t work. I like having the best player to build around. And there could be a lot of that coming soon.

  45. chalie16 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:48 PM

    As a Lions fan, I can say that I feel for the Dolphins but they had to know that his contract was going to be a headache. They can keep kicking his cap space down the road but eventually they’ll be paying for him when he’s no longer in town. He cost Detroit $9M last year and wasn’t even there.

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