The Miami Dolphins continue to shake their roster.
After trading away its top wide receiver this past week, the Fins reportedly plan on releasing former All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and linebacker Lawrence Timmons this week.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Miami will officially let go of the 31-year-old Suh on Wednesday while the team announced its releasing of Timmons Tuesday afternoon.
Moving on from Suh is a clear cost-cutting move. The 2010 No. 2 overall pick carried a $26.1 million salary cap number – including a $16.985 million base salary – for the 2018 season. Releasing him now would save Miami $3.9 million against the cap.
But the Fins would stand to substantially increase their savings on Suh if they designated him as a post-June 1 cut. In doing so, Miami would save $17 million against the 2018 salary cap.
Dolphins fans don’t seem too broken up about Suh’s pending departure, however. Since he signed a six-year, $114.4 million deal with Miami in 2015, Suh never lived up to the rich contract – making just one Pro Bowl over the past three seasons and never recording more than six sacks in a season in a Dolphins uniform.
Suh was considered one of the game’s top defensive – and perhaps dirtiest – players from his five seasons with the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately for Miami, his presence on its D-Line never equaled a significant uptick in defensive production. The Dolphins ranked 29th in run defense and 26th in sacks in 2017.
Still, Suh earned the team’s Dan Marino Most Valuable Player award – voted on by Dolphins players – this past season.
Miami’s choice to move on from Timmons almost carried “no-brainer” status.
The 31-year-old, 12-year pro stumbled through a largely unproductive 2017 season in Miami.
Things got off to a rough start for the Florida State alum when he “vanished without a trace” prior to Miami’s season-opening game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Timmons was found before kickoff of the game against the Bolts, but the team made him inactive, snapping his streak of 101 consecutive starts. He was suspended for the following game against the New York Jets and ended up finishing the season with 84 total tackles in 14 games – his lowest total since 2009.
Timmons played just one year of the two-year, $12 million ($11 million guaranteed) deal he signed with the Dolphins and will leave $7.25 million in dead money on the team’s salary cap.