Ndamukong Suh never hid his desire to be the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, and on Tuesday he’ll get his wish.
Suh plans to sign with the Miami Dolphins when free agency opens next week on a deal that will pay him roughly $19 million per year, a person familiar with the deal but not authorized to speak about it publicly told the Detroit Free Press.
The contract, first reported by ESPN, will pay Suh about $114 million over the next six seasons, includes about $60 million guaranteed and vaults him past J.J. Watt as the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
The Lions had offered Suh a richer deal than Watt, one that paid him an average of $17 million per year with $58 million guaranteed, but in the end did not want to approach Miami’s money.
A three-time first-team All-Pro, Suh’s departure leaves the Detroit Lions with a gaping hole in the middle of their defense.
Suh, who surpasses J.J. Watt as the highest paid defensive player in NFL, had a team-high 8.5 sacks last year, and the Lions led the NFL in rushing defense en route to their second playoff appearance in Suh’s five seasons in Detroit.
SOURCE: Dave Birkett
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