Miami Dolphins will release Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh appears to be on his way out of town. (Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins plan to release defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as early as today, according to league source.

“As the Dolphins continue their attempt at a culture change,” ESPN’s Jeff Darlington wrote, in breaking the news on Twitter Monday morning.

Suh earned about $60 million over the first three years of a 6-year, $114 million contract.

The Dolphins were scheduled to pay Suh $17 million this season, which it will now save and can spend elsewhere.

Suh’s salary cap hit was slated to be a massive $26.1 million this season.

“Stay tuned,” Suh said on social media Monday morning. “There will be some exciting things going on.”

This will be a costly cut in terms of salary cap space.

If Miami had paid Suh as scheduled over the next two years, the cap hit would have been $54.2 million and he would have earned $36 million.

In order to cut Suh, Miami will be taking on a cap hit of $22.2 million, which is believed to be biggest dead cap hit in NFL history.

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If Suh is designated as a June 1 cap cut designation, Miami can spread that hit over two years.

The Dolphins will be leaning on Jordan Phillips, Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor and surely will be looking to add a defensive tackle in free agency and/or the draft.

Suh is a five-time Pro Bowler, making the Pro Bowl once in three years as a Dolphin. Suh brought aggressiveness and toughness and physical play to the Dolphins. Suh’s on-field persona was at times nasty and his off-field persona was at times disagreeable.

Suh continued in 2017 to play at a very, very high level. But he is 31 years old, and it is difficult for any human to produce at a level commensurate with the scheduled level of play, when your position is defensive tackle.

Suh had 15.5 sacks in three years as a Dolphin.

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