Suh slated to have massive cap number in 2016

AP

The Lions didn’t apply the franchise tag to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh due in large part to the very large cap number he’d have in 2015:  $26.9 million.

In 2016, Suh’s cap number with the Dolphins will be even larger than that.

Based on the official contract numbers, which show a signing bonus of $25.5 million and a fully-guranteed 2016 base salary of $23.485 million (along with a $15,000 workout bonus), Suh’s cap number will be $28.6 million in the second year of the deal.

That number easily could be reduced by a simple restructuring.  If, for example, $22.485 million of the base salary becomes a signing bonus in 2016 (reducing the base salary to $1 million), $17.98 million in cap space would be created.  Of course, that cap burden would apply to the remaining four years of the deal, driving up the cap numbers down the road.

The total cap numbers for the Suh contract are:  $6.1 million in 2015; $28.6 million in 2016; $15.1 million in 2017; $22.1 million in 2018; $24.1 million in 2019; and $18.375 million in 2020.

The first three years of the contract are fully guaranteed, but since $15,000 per year is tied to a non-guaranteed workout bonus, the full guarantee technically is $59.955 million, not $60 million.

42 responses to “Suh slated to have massive cap number in 2016

  1. in other words …all in this year, because no space for our 8 starting 2016 UFA’s (including Clay if plays under the tag) which also includes Tannehill

  2. Sounds like a simple restructure next year…..the start of the end of his tenure in Miami…..I give him 3 years before he is gone whether due salary cap issues or his antics on or off the field.

  3. Have to assume the Dolphins have also broken out their abacus and figured in realistic annual increases to the salary cap as well.

    That will help a bit as well, but any way you slice it, it’s simply ridiculous money for a defensive lineman and should be the final burden of proof that Stephen Ross has absolutely no idea what he’s doing. He’s just a rich nerd desperate to be liked by famous people.

  4. You win the offseason award, too bad the Dolphins are actually worse than Lions which both had Suh and both still have no playoff wins

  5. Defense wins championships.

    The Packers got Reggie White and then won the Super Bowl
    The 49ers got Deion Sanders and then won the Super Bowl
    The Cowboys got Deion Sanders and then won the Super Bowl
    The Patriots got Darell Revis and then won the Super Bowl

    The 2016 cap hit won’t matter after the Dolphins win the Super Bowl in 2015 thanks to Ndamakong Suh.

  6. Smart move by Suh’s camp. If Suh is unwilling to restructure the Phins might have to cut him and Suh gets to test free agency again with another potential mega payday.

  7. ghjjf says:
    Mar 12, 2015 11:24 PM

    Defense wins championships.

    The Packers got Reggie White and then won the Super Bowl
    The 49ers got Deion Sanders and then won the Super Bowl
    The Cowboys got Deion Sanders and then won the Super Bowl
    The Patriots got Darell Revis and then won the Super Bowl

    The 2016 cap hit won’t matter after the Dolphins win the Super Bowl in 2015 thanks to Ndamakong Suh.
    —————————
    All of those teams were on the cusp or were already contenders except for maybe the Packers. They all had Hall of Fame quarterbacks as well. Suh is no Reggie White, and Tannehill is no Favre, Brady, Aikman, or Young.

  8. Florio: When a contract says “guaranteed” it assumes the player shows up for all mandatory events, including practice, workouts and (of course) games.

    It isn’t like he can retire tomorrow and still walk away with $60 million. More realistically, he also loses “guaranteed” money if (when?) he gets suspended.

  9. Defense wins championships.

    The Packers got Reggie White and then won the Super Bowl
    The 49ers got Deion Sanders and then won the Super Bowl
    The Cowboys got Deion Sanders and then won the Super Bowl
    The Patriots got Darell Revis and then won the Super Bowl

    The 2016 cap hit won’t matter after the Dolphins win the Super Bowl in 2015 thanks to Ndamakong Suh.

    —————-

    Because the Lions have won 4 in a row with him?

  10. All this hate…
    We had the similar cap numbers anyway, invested in bloated contracts for players that didn’t perform.
    Ellerbe, Wheeler & Odrick were going to command $19 million this year. Ellerbe was replaced by Jelani Jenkins who gave us 108 tackles for $700k and will be under a million for the next 3 years. He was on the team so there’s no extra salary against the cap. Well draft an ILB on the 1st day so that’s and extra $2 mil (offset by releasing 31 yr old Randy Starks ($6m) with Earl Mitchell ($4m

    2014 (2DTs & 2LBs) – $25.2 mil
    2015 (2DTs & 2LBs) – $12.5 mil
    2016 (2DTs & 2LBs) – $34.3mil (which according to the article above can be lessened by $17 mil by Suh restructuring his deal.

    These numbers aren’t that bad, just smarter use of talent:salary ratios.

  11. “DIRTY PLAYER” / “SCUM” / “NO RESPECT FOR THE GAME” / “HE’S GOING TO REALLY HURT SOMEBODY” / “CHEATER” – oh, by the way, here’s $60,000,000.00… guranteed.
    Welcome to your new team.

  12. What people fail to realize is that the move is going to effect the quality of the depth and sub packages negatively. their starting lineup will be a serious force, but we will see what happens when they get to late game and late season situatjons. That’s what would concern me

  13. I just don’t get how some of these owners ever earned a dime, let alone millions, with all the foolish spending they do every offseason. The worst part is that it’s the fans who suffer the most because of it. This seems like watching the Albert Haynesworth debacle all over again!

  14. As much as I wish Suh was still in Detroit, I’m glad the cap number became another franchise’s issue.
    The Leos have 9mil in dead money coming off the books after 2015. The dead money the ‘phins will have on their books after 2017 will probably outlive Ross.

  15. Its called kick he can down the road. All teams do it. Fins have some of the best number crunchers out there.

    bondlake says: Mar 13, 2015 12:17 AM

    Guess it’s time to go to the taxpayers and have them build you a new stadium.

    ————–

    The owner just fitted the bill for upgrades that should bring back the super bowl in due time.

  16. There was just no way to not overpay Suh.

    Based on his apparent character, I think the Dolphins have made a mistake financially and strategically.

    Suh is a big get….but I think he will become a big problem.

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