Report: Dolphins already trying to restructure Ndamukong Suh’s contract
Only a year after they offered it to him, the Miami Dolphins are reportedly trying to restructure Ndamukong Suh’s contract.
According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins are facing cap issues, and may look at the contracts of Suh and Cameron Wake in order to rectify them.
The Dolphins are $3.5 million over the cap after giving defensive end Olivier Vernon the transition tag, and their eyes are firmly on Suh and his $28.6 million cap hit.
There are provisions in Suh’s contract that will allow the Dolphins to spread out that cap hit, but a restructuring is inevitable and they could save $18 million by doing so.
As for Wake, the Dolphins are reportedly in negotiations to restructure that deal already, but have yet to reach an agreement. In that scenario, Wake has all the leverage – Vernon still might leave if he’s offered a deal that the Dolphins can’t match, which could force the team to pay Wake’s full salary. He could also defer some money now for more guaranteed money in 2017.
It looks as though Miami is already having issues coping with Suh’s monster deal, and they might not be able to do much in free agency this year as a result. It doesn’t help that Suh’s first year in Miami was sometimes tumultuous and largely unsuccessful.