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  • Rams Sign Ndamukong Suh To 1 Year $14 Million

    Dolphins plan to move on from Ndamukong Suh

    The Miami Dolphins are planning to release defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Darlington.

    Suh's release also will take a large contract off Miami's books. Suh carried a salary-cap number of $26.1 million for the 2018 season, including a base salary of $16.985 million.

    If Suh is designated as a post-June 1 cut, the team would save $17 million against the 2018 salary cap. Releasing Suh now would save the Dolphins just $3.9 million against the cap.

    Suh, 31, never hit the heightened expectations that came with the six-year, $114.4 million contract he signed in 2015. He has made just one Pro Bowl over the past three seasons and has not totaled more than six sacks in a season.

    He has never won a playoff game, and with him last year, Miami finished 29th in run defense and 26th in sacks. He had 4 sacks and 48 tackles for the Dolphins, who went 6-10.

    With the Detroit Lions, who selected him No. 2 overall in 2010, Suh was a dominant force in the middle for five seasons, making the Pro Bowl four times and being named first-team All-Pro three times. He played in 78 of 80 regular-season games for Detroit while making 238 tackles with 36 sacks, 13 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception.

    Suh has a history of being fined for player-safety violations. The only two games Suh missed in his career were due to a suspension after he stomped on then-Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith in 2011. Suh was initially suspended for Detroit's playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 before his suspension was overturned and replaced with a $70,000 fine for stepping on the calf and ankle of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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    Rams agree to one-year deal with Pro Bowl tackle Ndamukong Suh

    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams have secured what might be the greatest pairing of interior linemen in NFL history, adding five-time Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh to the same unit as Aaron Donald, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

    The Rams reached agreement with Suh on a one-year contract, the team announced from the owners meetings in Orlando, Florida, on Monday. A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter the deal is worth $14 million.

    Suh has been named first-team All-Pro three times since being drafted second overall by the Detroit Lions eight years ago. Suh compiled 51 sacks from 2010 to 2017, trailing only Geno Atkins for the most by a defensive tackle during that time frame, and has also recorded 55 run stuffs, the most by an interior defensive lineman. Suh also ranks seventh among all NFL players with 26 batted passes and first among defensive linemen with 6,773 snaps over the last eight seasons.

    After five years with the Lions, Suh joined the Miami Dolphins on a six-year, $114 million contract that at that point made him the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. Suh performed well during his three seasons in South Florida, compiling 15 sacks while playing in all 48 regular-season games.

    But the team managed only 22 wins, and Suh was released in the middle of March as part of what was deemed a culture change by the Dolphins.

    Suh has been widely described as a dirty player throughout his career, drawing an NFL-leading 74 total penalties since he came into the league in 2010. Suh's only missed time was the result of a two-game suspension in 2011 for roughing up then-Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith. Suh has also been seen stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' ankle and grabbing Ryan Mallett, then a backup quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens, by the throat, among other transgressions.

    But his productivity and durability have never been in question. Pairing Suh with Donald, a three-time All-Pro who led all NFL players in total pressures last season, will give the Rams an unrelenting pass rush, which should lead to more turnovers for a team that intercepted 18 passes last season.