Dolphins: Team secures free agent prize, Suh
It didn’t take long for the biggest name in free agency to find a new home with the Miami Dolphins officially acquiring Ndamukong Suh today in a deal reportedly done over the weekend. The kind of player who rarely hits free agency, Suh exploded into the league as a rookie in 2010 with a double-digit sack season that immediately caught the eye. However, it took him time to develop into the well-rounded player that today makes him one of the best defensive players in the league; in 2014 he was among the Top 10 defensive tackles for both his run defense and pass rushing grades.
In the last three seasons Suh has finished inside our Top 5 defensive tackles by overall grade and brings the kind of all-around game that teams crave and that competition ratcheted his value beyond a point that the Lions felt they could match. The beneficiaries are the Dolphins who will pair Suh with Cameron Wake to bring a pass rushing threat of the left side of their defense that teams in the AFC East will struggle to cope with. Last season the duo combined to record 122 pressures and the devastation they can bring to the field (both individually and working together on stunts) will have Miami fans desperate for the new season to arrive.
The Dolphins’ defensive tackles got off to a fine start last season but as a group their performances and production fell away after their Week 11 win at home to the Bills. This signing is a clear statement of intent from Miami that decent is not good enough and they will hope that in adding Suh the whole defense will take a step forward allowing them to make that stride into being a playoff team in 2015.